I worked with a Barbara one time. She could certainly stir things up! I would expect a tropical system baring her name to be a bit more stubborn. According to the National Hurricane Center the first system of the year will die while making an attempt to cross from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico.

National Hurricane Center

Right now Barbara is a very strong Tropical Storm with 65 MPH sustained winds. She is expected to strengthen to a hurricane sometime later today and then weaken as the storm reaches the mountains in Southeastern Mexico. The remnants should reach the Gulf of Mexico by tomorrow afternoon.