High chance of cyclone over Gulf of Mexico: NHC

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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 11:43 AM
High chance of cyclone over Gulf of Mexico: NHC

(Reuters) - A low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico just north of the Yucatan Peninsula still has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.

"Interests along the entire United States Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of this disturbance through the weekend," the NHC said.

About 6 percent of U.S. gas production and just over 20 percent of U.S. oil production come from the Gulf of Mexico.

Heavy rains and localized flooding are possible across the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba and southern Florida through Saturday, the center said.

An air force reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system later on Friday, if necessary.

(Reporting by NR Sethuraman in Bangalore)