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June 26, 2010

TS Alex appears headed for western Gulf

NOAAThe 2010 Atlantic hurricane season is up and running today as Tropical Storm Alex gathers strength in the western Caribbean Sea. The storm appears to be headed for Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, and from there into the western Gulf of Mexico.

We don't wish this storm on anyone, but at least a more westerly track will keep the worst of the storm's effects away from the many ships working in the northeastern gulf to contain the BP oil well blowout. Can't imagine what would happen if they had to leave the area and allow the well to spew freely until the weather clears.

Alex has top sustained winds this morning of 40 mph. It is headed west-northwest at 8 mph. The storm is packing rains that could total 4 to 8 inches, which would pose a threat of flooding and mudslides once it makes landfall. 

Here's the latest advisory. And here's the forecast storm track. And here is the view from orbit

Posted by Frank Roylance at 7:54 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Hurricanes
        

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Thank you for your article. The first named storm of the Atlantic's hurricane season just broke out, This season's first tropical storm, Hope you will continuo your informative post.

the hurricanes are coming soon in the Gulf and, when they'll come, the (already bad) containment cap MUST be unplugged from the wellhead since the ship that collects the oil can't remain there with an hurricane, so, the oil will flow from the well at 100,000 barrels per day!!!!!
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"BP Spill Ops To Evacuate 5 Days Before Storm-Force Winds"
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http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100625-712697.html
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5 days to unplug the containment cap and evacuate the storm site, a couple of day for the storm, another couple of days to come back on site and one day to replug the containment cap = 1,000,000 more barrels of oil freely spilled in the ocean... and this is only the FIRST storm, and not the worst...
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WHAT are they waiting to listen those who have the RIGHT IDEAS AND SOLUTION to STOP the oil spill QUICKLY to SAVE the sea and shores nature and wildlife BEFORE they'll be submerged by over 250,000,000 more gallons of oil, in the next TWO months (if lucky) ???????????
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http://bit.ly/c8y9GX

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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