Hurricane forecasters: 'High' chance tropical system off Africa becomes a cyclone

July 23, 2013 

Tropical disturbance, as of 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday. National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor a low pressure system off the African coast, while advising that conditions suggest it won't develop into anything Florida will have to worry about.

As of 2 p.m. EDT, the system was located a couple hundred miles south of the Cape Verde Islands, moving westward at about 10 mph.

"The system has a well-defined circulation and only a small increase in the amount and organization of the thunderstorm activity would result in the formation of a tropical depression," the Hurricane Center said.

"Environmental conditions are expected to be favorable for development during the next day or so before upper-level winds and ocean temperatures become less conducive by Thursday."

Forecasters say the system has a "high," or 60 percent, chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.

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