Location and possible track of depression on Friday morning. Graphic by Caribbean 360

A tropical depression located east of Dominica and the Windward Islands could become a tropical storm later on Friday, the Dominica Met Office has said.

At 5 am the center of Tropical Depression Seven was located near latitude 13.6 north…longitude 47.2 west or about 930 miles or 1,495 km east of the Windward Islands.

The depression is moving toward the west near 20 mph or 32 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph or 55 km/h with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.

Interests in Dominica and the rest of the Windward Islands should monitor the progress of this system as it is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles by late Saturday into Sunday, the Met Office said.