Hurricane Alex could threaten the oil spill

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 29, 2010 10:43 am

Today, Tropical Storm Alex continues to strengthen and could become the first hurricane of the year which has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The Tropical Storm, which has been named Alex is projected to reach the level of a hurricane by late today or early Wednesday morning.

The storm, which has formed in warm waters, could also threaten the fate of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to forecasters, the storm’s likely path would take it away from the site of the huge oil spill off Louisiana’s coast, but it might push oil farther inland and disrupt cleanup efforts.

As the storm continues to strengthen and become a hurricane, the path that it moves on is critical to the oil spill, and could make the disaster even worse.

While the storm moves across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the strength of the hurricane is almost certain to increase and a hurricane watch has now been set up in the area. The hurricane is expected to form as the storm moves closer to land and into even warmer temperatures. With the storm projected to be at hurricane strength in less than 48 hours, the people of Mexico and South Texas have been advised to take precautions to keep themselves safe.