At this point, the system is expected to strengthen as it moves northwest into the Gulf of Mexico. This storm may briefly become a Tropical Storm before weakening in the Caribbean as it quickly pushes westward. Chris said the system will remain rather weak with winds around 40-45 miles per hour at landfall, but that the storm will contain a lot of moisture.
This system is forecast to develop into a tropical storm on Monday.
Closer to South Florida than Potential Tropical Cyclone Two is the weather disturbance that's expected to form and move into the Gulf of Mexico.
The hurricane center didn't think so as of Monday morning, saying it should encounter a more hostile environment as it moves deeper in the Caribbean.
Potential Tropical Cyclone Two forecast track.
Tropical Storm Bret has formed in the Atlantic, but that isn't the storm now brewing that might impact South Carolina's weather.
The National Hurricane Center is forecasting gradual intensification into a tropical storm by Monday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire and Aruba. Another scenario takes the system on a more northwestward track toward the coasts of far northern Mexico, Texas or western Louisiana.
The next name used for this season is "Bret", followed by "Cindy".
However, forecasters said, the GFS sends some increased deep tropical moisture from the system toward the Gulf Coast later next week.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.
THE STRONG TROPICAL wave east-southeast of Barbados has been upgraded to Potential Tropical Cyclone #2.
It is expected to dissipate in about 72 hours. Current observations and satellite data have indicated that a broad low pressure area is centered near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.