TROPICAL STORM BONNIE UPDATE:
In light of Tropical Storm Bonnie’s landfall in Florida and forecasted movement to the Gulf, the oil spill clean up crews have evacuated today, postponing clean up work until after the storm. According to US Official Admiral Thad Allen, this evacuation could add 12 days to the amount of time required to finish the clean up job (Source).
Tropical Storm Bonnie landed in Florida sustaining winds up to 40mph this morning. It is expected to strengthen significantly when it moves into the Gulf; it could possibly be upgraded to a hurricane.
According to meteorologists at Weather.com, Bonnie’s movement over the BP Gulf Oil Spill will have significant effects on the lingering oil in the water. It will have what they call the “Hurricane Alex” effect. Alex was a hurricane that hit southern Texas in June (during the oil spill). This storm proved that hurricanes can actually move the oil in the water either washing it ashore on a coast that may have been previously unaffected or making it disappate into the far ocean. Exactly where the oil goes depends on the size and strength of the storm.
Can this thing make it rain oil?
You said the hurricane season is going to be more active… So what does that mean for the spill?
Basically, there is a greater risk for oil to build up onto Gulf/Florida coastlines. However, sometimes, the storm can make things work advantageously and cause the oil to break down and dissipate. Unfortunately, the storms also call for the evacuation of clean up crews from the oil spill area- this really puts the whole business behind schedule.
To see some hurricane tips, check out CNN’s 5 Quick Tips to Hurricane-Proof Your Home.