The tropics are heating up as Tropical Depression 7 continues on a westward course in the Atlantic Ocean.
In the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. advisory on Saturday, Tropical Depression #7 was about 235 miles east-northeast of Barbados with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving west at 24 mph.
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The tropical depression was expected to continue moving in the same direction over the next 48 hours. Some strengthening was forecast, and the system could become a tropical storm late Friday. It is expected to approach the Windward Islands on Saturday, and could become a tropical storm before then.
Tropical storm watches were issued for Guadeloupe and Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.