MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Low pressure over the extreme northeast Gulf of Mexico is expected to become better organized in the next few days and will likely become a tropical depression.
Conditions are favorable for strengthening and if it becomes a tropical storm, its name would be Barry.
According to CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer, as of Tuesday afternoon, models are in fair agreement the system will move west along the northern Gulf spreading heavy rain and rough surf with it. It is too early to tell where the system will turn north and make landfall but the longer it remains over water, the greater chance it has for strengthening.
While flooding rains appear to be the main threat from the Florida Panhandle to the Texas coast, areas of Louisiana and Texas near the Gulf could also see storm surge and high winds if the system remains over water longer.