While Otto will gradually weaken over the open waters of the central Atlantic during the next couple of days, the southwestern Caribbean is being monitored as a possible breeding ground for more tropical development.

An area of low pressure in the southwestern Caribbean has recently grabbed the attention of the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center. The waters this low is churning over are sufficiently warm enough to support tropical development.

The main hinderance to the low at this time is moderate wind shear (strong winds high in the atmosphere) on its western flank. That wind shear should lessen later this weekend, giving the low an opportunity to become better organized.

The next obstacle for the low will be Central America. It is possible that the low moves into Nicaragua or Honduras before ever becoming a tropical depression. Even if the low achieves tropical depression status, that movement into land would limit any further strengthening.

Regardless of its status, a path into Central American would result in torrential rainfall as well as flooding and mudslide concerns.

The low could continue to gradually gain strength if it just skirts the Central American coastline, then heads toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

A few computer models are also hinting that the low will track more to the north toward Cuba in the upcoming days. This track would put the low in the environment most conducive for significant intensification.

Even if the low heads more northward and seems to have the United States in its sights, residents along the Gulf Coast can breathe a sigh of relief. Disruptive wind shear will rip apart any organized tropical system that enters the Gulf of Mexico.

However, there is concern that the belt of disruptive wind shear will push slightly to the north and not offer protection to South Florida.

Since the exact path and forecast strength of the low is far from set in stone, all residents in Central America, Cuba and South Florida should monitor the low's progress in the upcoming days.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski