Will Tropical Storm Alex Hit the Oil Spill?

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Well before dawn Sunday morning, tropical storm Alex made landfall over Mexico. Now forecasters are trying to predict what will happen when the storm re-enters the Gulf of Mexico in a couple hours. (via NOAA)

Current trajectories (see above) show the storm veering west into Mexico, at considerable distance from the former Deepwater Horizon site. But weather experts were warning the Associated Press that a storm’s path can change rapidly, and unexpectedly.

Another complicating factor: The ships BP is currently using to siphon oil a mile beneath the surface. The ships lack the proper stabilizers for rough seas, meaning that even if Alex makes landfall far west of the oil area, it could disturb the seas significantly enough that all BP efforts would have to be suspended.