Chance of cyclone near Halifax at 60 percent: NHC

Fri Sep 2, 2011 2:02am 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 forming into a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Friday.

The NHC said the system was becoming more concentrated during the past several hours, and that it was moving northeast at 10 to 15 miles per hour (16-24 km/h).

"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.

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 Naveen Arul in Bangalore; Editing by Himani Sarkar)