The maximum sustained winds of tropical depressions are 38mph while tropical storms are 39mph to 73pmh with anything higher becoming a hurricane.
Residents along the Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on the weather as meteorologists have predicted that a tropical system entering the gulf this week could form into a tropical storm that could impact Southwest Louisiana over the weekend.
The waters in the Gulf of Mexico are warm enough to support further strengthening as they sit in the low 30s - well above the 26.5 C temperature needed to fuel a tropical system.
This map shows the preliminary forecast track of a storm system developing in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Potential storm surge has caused the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Mississippi River, including New Orleans, through Saturday.
Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf coast from the upper Texas coast to the Florida panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.
The USA body, which is part of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), warned a weather system over the northern Gulf of Mexico is expected to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm by Thursday - but could hit hurricane level by landfall. The Weather Prediction Center of the NOAA has outlooks showing the possibility of rainfall amounts exceeding 100 mm for coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas by the end of the weekend, though largely dependent on the development and path of the system which isn't completely known yet.
Regardless of the classification this system develops into, Louisiana and MS are forecast to see very heavy rain - more than a foot in some places, Brink said.
"The most recent July tropical storm landfall was Tropical Storm Emily in Florida in 2017", he said.
"This system has the potential to become a unsafe hurricane", the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana, said on its Facebook page.
NOAA is forecasting more than 20 inches of rainfall over Louisiana once the huge storm hits.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said about 10 to 15 inches of rain could fall within 24 hours between Friday and Saturday. The first named storm of the year was Subtropical Storm Andrea, which developed south of Bermuda on May 20 - before the official start of hurricane season - and weakened before posing any threat to land.
The storm is expected to continue moving westward before turning northwestward on Friday as a strong tropical storm with 60-mile-per-hour winds.