Friday, June 11, 2010

Oil spill forecast for weekend: More oil to come ashore along Mississippi Sound, Panhandle

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's latest 72-hour oil spill trajectory forecast says that onshore winds are expected to continue through the weekend, pushing oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill towards coastal regions near the Mississippi Sound and in the Florida Panhandle.

The forecast map does not show much contact along Baldwin beaches, though they are still within the forecast zone for possible contact.

NOAA forecasters say that persistent winds out of the southeast, south and east/southeast not  only have resulted in northward movement of the slick toward the Mississippi/Alabama barrier islands and the Florida Panhandle, but are also resulting in movement of oil towards the Chandeleur Islands, Breton Sound, and the Mississippi Delta. 

Those Louisiana regions also are threatened by shoreline contacts within this forecast period.

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