Chance of cyclone near Halifax, Nova Scotia at 60 percent: NHC

Fri Sep 2, 2011 8:09am EDT
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(Reuters) - A low pressure system located about 450 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia has a high 60 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday.

"This system is producing winds of tropical storm force and only a slight increase in organization could result in the formation of a tropical storm," the NHC said.

The system was moving northeast at 10 to 15 miles per hour (16-24 km/h) the NHC said.

If the system develops into a storm, it would be named Lee. Tropical cyclones become named tropical storms when their winds exceed 39 miles per hour (63 km/h) and become hurricanes when their winds reach more than 74 mph (119 km/h).

(Reporting by NR Sethuraman in Bangalore)