August 22, 2016 / 12:31 PM / a year ago

NHC says tropical depression developing near Cape Verde islands

(Reuters) - A system about 300 miles south-southwest of the southern Cape Verde islands is developing into a tropical depression and has a near 100 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

The system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour (mph) over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean, the Miami-based weather forecaster added.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave located about 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 20 percent chance of becoming a cyclone.

Reporting by Apeksha Nair and Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru

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