The system has an 80% chance of developing into at least one tropical depression in the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It looks more organized on the satellite and should be closely monitored, says CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.
When it is more organized, forecasting models can better understand how strong it is getting and where it is going.
From Friday afternoon, computer models forecast will show that it will appear in the Gulf and drift towards the Gulf Coast – from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana.
Many of these models show it as a tropical disturbance or tropical storm. But some will show a hurricane in the Gulf starting Monday night.
If this system gains enough power to be a tropical storm, it will be given one of the next names on the list.
Paulette and Rene are currently over the central Atlantic and do not pose an imminent threat to the country. They are not expected to approach the US.
This means if the system forms over South Florida it would likely be either Sally or Teddy, depending on whether one of the other possible development areas in the Atlantic is named first. Three other areas are currently monitoring developments.
When either of these forms are present, they are the earliest 18th and possibly 19th or even earliest 20th named storms.
“Regardless of development, this system is expected to generate heavy local rainfall over parts of the Bahamas, South Florida and the Florida Keys in the next few days, and interests there and along the northern and eastern Gulf Coasts should do so.” monitor their progress, “said the NHC.