CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The chances a trough of low pressure over the southeastern United States forming into a tropical system have increased since Sunday.
The National Hurricane Center says there is now a 80 percent chance of development within the next five days, up from a 40 percent chance on Sunday.
The area is expected to move south from the southeastern U.S. toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and a tropical depression could form by the end of the week.
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If it were to develop into a tropical storm, it would become the second named storm of the year and would be called Barry.
Regardless of whether it develops beyond a depression, forecasters say, the system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall across portions of the northern U.S. Gulf Coast late in the week and could bring rain to the southeast over the weekend, depending on its track.
The first named storm of the year, Andrea, formed as a subtropical storm in May, before the June 1 start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Andrea remained in the Atlantic and was not a threat to land.