Forecasters say it has an 80 percent chance of tropical development within the next 48 hours.
Weather experts are monitoring an area of rain and clouds in the area of the northwestern Caribbean Sea and Yucatan Peninsula that has the potential to form. On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to move through the Windward Islands and near the eastern coast of Venezuela on Monday night and early Tuesday.
The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to fly in and search for a center later today.
The KRIS 6 Weather team has been following an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Honduras with a chance to develop into a tropical storm over the next five days.
The heaviest rain threat should remain on the east side of the system through its lifespan regardless of further tropical development.
The Met Office says the strong tropical wave east-southeast of Barbados has been upgraded to Potential Tropical Cyclone #2.
The next two names for hurricanes are Bret and Cindy.
This system is forecast to develop into a tropical storm on Monday. Our European model wants to take the track of the system to the Southeast, possibly land-falling in Louisiana on Wednesday and then moving northeast through MS and Alabama on Thursday. On the other hand if the storm jogs more west, Florida may not see any influence on our weather at all.
It is headed towards the central gulf coast, most likely around mid-week. One to three inches of rain could possibly fall across the Upstate.
The first scenario would decrease rain chances in the area while the second scenario would most likely bring more rain.
They issued tropical storm warnings from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada.
This portion of the Atlantic Basin is an unusual spot for tropical development this early in the season. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph and extend about 60 miles from the center.