ORLANDO, Fla. – An area of low pressure in the northern Gulf of Mexico, near Florida, could become a named storm as early as later Wednesday.
As of early Wednesday, the system was labout 100 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida.
The National Hurricane Center said the low has a 100% chance of tropical development by Thursday. If the system develops into a tropical storm, it will be named Barry. Forecasters said that system will likely become Hurricane Barry by Sunday off the shores of Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center has designated the cluster of storms over the Gulf of Mexico as Potential Tropical Cyclone 2. The potential tropical cyclone designation is given by the NHC when an area of disturbed weather currently does not have tropical characteristics, but is expected to get them soon. This allows the NHC to put out their forecast cone and issues watches and warnings.