Latest Gulf oil spill forecast: Alabama and Mississippi barrier islands, Florida Panhandle threatened
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
NOAA nearshore surface oil forecast: Winds are forecast to be predominantly southeast through Thursday at speeds of 14-22 kts. These strong onshore winds will continue to move the northern edge of the slick northwest threatening the barrier islands of Mississippi/Alabama and the Florida Panhandle west of Freeport, Fla. The Chandeleur Islands, Breton Sound and the Mississippi Delta also continue to be threatened by shoreline contacts. To the west of the Delta, these winds may bring oil ashore between Barataria Bay and Caillou Bay – any remaining floating oil may be moved quickly to the west as a strong westward coastal current develops over the next few days.