Low-pressure system has 50 percent chance of becoming cyclone this week

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Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in San Juan are watching a low-pressure system east of the Windward Islands that they forecast has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

At press time Thursday, shower and thunderstorm activity of the large storm system was slowly becoming better organized, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Additional development is possible during the next day or two, and a tropical depression could form as the system moves west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea, according to the forecast.

However, the system's development could be limited as it crosses over land.

Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands tonight and Friday, according to the weather service.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low-pressure system this afternoon, if necessary.

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