With a storm heading into the Gulf of Mexico, once again the BP oil spill becomes a major issue.
A tropical depression has formed near the Bahamas and a tropical storm watch has been issued for part of the east coast of Florida. As of 12:00, Weather.com has a graphic showing that the storm could intersect the Gulf of Mexico and pass right by the location of the BP oil spill.
As of 10: 00 am CST on Thursday, Tropical Depression Three is expected to become a tropical storm and is moving west north west
According to the National Hurricane Center, advisory, “A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FLORIDA EAST COAST
FROM GOLDEN BEACH SOUTHWARD INCLUDING THE ENTIRE FLORIDA KEYS AND
FLORIDA BAY...AND ALONG THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA NORTHWARD TO
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA
FROM NORTH OF GOLDEN BEACH TO JUPITER INLET INCLUDING LAKE
On Wednesday morning, the Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the government’s BP oil spill response, Thad Allen, said at a press conference that a tropical incident could cause a delay in the oil spill containment and cleanup operations by 10-14 days.
On Thursday, Admiral Thad Allen, will hold a press briefing to provide operational updates regarding ongoing Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill response efforts. Given that the tropical depression is likely to become a tropical storm today, Allen will likely address the weather issue.