U.S. hurricane center says 50 percent chance of cyclone near Cape Verde Islands

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Posted: Aug 17, 2015 7:43 AM

(Reuters) - A low pressure area located several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

A tropical depression will likely form by the middle of the week while the system moves westward or west-northwestward near 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) per hour, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

(Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernadette Baum)