CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The eleventh tropical depression of the season is moving west-northwest at five miles per hour, based on the latest data from the National Hurricane Center.
At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression Eleven was located near latitude 27.8 North, longitude 69.6 West. A slow west-northwestward to northwestward motion is expected during the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later Monday.
Meteorologist Justin Lock says conditions are not favorable for a strong storm to form.
"A cold front set to move off the east coast on Wednesday and Thursday will help to steer this storm away from the southeast United States coastline," Lock said.
If it reaches tropical storm strength, the system will be assigned the name Joaquin.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the depression Monday afternoon.