(10/14/2010 7:04:35 AM)
Hurricane Alex is nevertheless very threatening despite it veers away from the gulf oil spill|
Until Tuesday, Hurricane Alex probably wont become a hurricane. But for now, tropical storm Alex, the first named storm of the 2010 hurricane season, is apparently heading from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. A hurricane warning was given to south Texas and northeastern Mexico. On day 69 of the gulf oil spill about 116 million gallons of crude have fouled the gulf, as outlined by government estimates.
Article source: Hurricane Alex veers from gulf oil spill but still threatens by Personal Money Store
Oil might be pushed onto shore by Hurricane Alex
A hurricane could hit in 48 hours is what the hurricane watch means. If the tropical storm conforms to all of the predicted forecasts and becomes Hurricane Alex, the storm's center is not expected to approach the area of the oil spill off Louisiana's coast. But Stacy Stewart, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, explained to CNN that Alex's outer wind field could push oil from the spill farther inland and hinder operations within the area. Its center is on a track from the Yucatan peninsula and is also headed for the Texas-Mexico border.
Oil spill containment threatened by Hurricane Alex
Oil spill containment operations and initiatives to cap the gushing well would likely be suspended if Hurricane Alex approached the northeastern part of the Gulf. As outlined by ABC News, when Alex became the first named storm of hurricane season 2010 which started June 1, officials immediately worried what effect it could have on efforts to contain the millions of gallons of crude spewing to the sea and washing up on beaches.
Course could still be changed by Hurricane Alex
When the storm continues to intensify, 50 mph winds expand up to 70 miles from the storm's center. Around 7 mph, it is moving north-northwest. According to CNN, National Hurricane Center forecasters have not ruled out an easterly shift in Alex's path. If Hurricane Alex were to change its present path, the oil spill cap that has been placed over the blown-out well that is catching some of the crude would have to be removed in the event of a hurricane. Ships drilling relief wells would have to suspend operations. The relief wells, considered the best hope to stop the leak, are projected to be done by August.
Sensitive to storm track are crude oil futures
As hurricane season 2010 settles in, an indication of how oil prices may be suffering from coming storms emerged. As Hurricane Alex veers from the oil spill within the Gulf of Mexico 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports that crude oil futures Monday backed off from seven-week highs. Although the storm could make the affects of the oil spill worse, what matters a lot more to the world is getting more of the oil production, and fears the developing tropical storm would disrupt oil production eased a bit. As a result, prices for light sweet crude for August delivery fell 75 cents to $78.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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