Posted by Sam Foucher on August 20, - am. Tropical storm sub-hurricane winds are very unlikely to cause lasting damage. Even Cat I winds are not that big a deal. Surely Pemex built to at least that standard. Wave action is also unlikely to be that large. Cantarell is on the "good side" of Dean according to latest projections.
Far-off hurricane could slow oil spill cleanup | KGBT
It sounds like a Syfy movie or the next Michael Bay summer blockbuster. An oil spill covers the Gulf of Mexico at the same time that a tropical gathers strength in the Bahamas. As the tropical storms gathers strength, it takes up oil, which is ignited and leads to a blazing storm of fury pointed toward the mainland United States. Many worried about this before Hurricane Katrina and again after the Deepwater Horizon spill. But could it really happen? And can you imagine the premiums for firecane insurance? Let's take a look at the likelihood of this firestorm.
The clean up and remediation of an oil spill is a difficult task. Those involved in the oil spill clean-up industry will admit that no two oil spills are alike. Variables such as type of oil, location of the spill, amount of oil spilled, weather conditions, and proximity to delicate areas are always different. Thus clean-up professionals must be prepared to face a variety of problems both known and unknown.
Alex may have cooled off, but hurricane season is just starting to heat up in the Gulf of Mexico. And absurdly warm oceans combined with still air mean storms will continue. Could Bonnie, Colin, Danielle and the rest of the forthcoming storms spell disaster for BP's oil spill?