September 6, 2018 / 6:22 PM / 19 days ago

Chance of cyclone developing west of Cape Verde at 80 percent: NHC

(Reuters) - An area of low pressure centered several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

“Environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a tropical depression is expected to form within the next day or two while the system moves slowly westward or west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean,” the NHC added.

Meanwhile, another system off the west coast of Africa has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, NHC said.

Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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