Tropical Depression Thirteen has formed midpoint between Africa and the Lesser Antilles, and is forecast to become an intense Hurricane Lee by this weekend.

Tropical Depression Thirteen is centered more than 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, which will become “Lee” will track toward the west-northwest over the next several days. It will continue to be fueled by very warm ocean water, causing it to strengthen. It isn’t likely that it will encounter much wind shear, but it may run into  some dry air east of the Lesser Antilles.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts the tropical system to become a hurricane by Thursday and a Category 3 or 4 hurricane by this weekend.

Another tropical wave is moving off the coast of west Africa on Tuesday. The NHC says it a tropical depression could form over the eastern tropical Atlantic during the middle to latter part of the week.

The system is expected to move across the Cabo Verde Islands Wednesday night and Thursday.