Oil Spill: How hurricane season could affect spill

    9:00 PM, Jun 3, 2010   |    comments
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    The prediction is, 14 to 23 named storms with winds of 39 mph or greater. Of those 8 to 14 could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or greater and of those three to 7 could become major hurricanes at cats 3 4 or 5. Those would be with wind intensity of greater than 111 mph.

    So, with that prediction and the oil still flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, some experts are already contemplating what could happen if a hurricane hit.

    Experts are worried a hurricane churning in the gulf could send oil into the Mississippi river or into Lake Pontchartrain - creating more problems.

    The oil also has local governments rethinking their hurricane strategies - adding urgency to the barrier argument.

    The Louisiana corps of engineers are worried, because it takes months to complete an earthen barrier and a hurricane could easily undo a lot of the work, adding concerns at a time when the area already feels overwhelmed.

    It appears that this year's hurricane season could be as active as 2005. When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast region.

    If you want to track the Gulf of Mexico oil spill over weather, you can do so on our Live View Interactive Radar on todaysthv.com. We also have a special Gulf of Mexico oil spill section with the latest tweets, photos and information.

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