The tropical depression that formed in the Atlantic on Monday is churning westward and now being forecast to strengthen into a hurricane as it continues to move toward the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Depression 3 is about 1,450 miles east of the southern Windward Islands and expected to move west at about 21 mph across the Atlantic toward the Lesser Antilles later this week.

Tropical Depression Three’s maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with gusts exceeding that. The National Hurricane Center is projecting the the depression will become a hurricane in the next few days.

SOURCE: National Hurricane Center