28 June 2010 12:16 [Source: ICIS news]
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LONDON (ICIS news)--Tropical Storm Alex continued on Monday to move northwest in the ?xml:namespace>
However, the storm could reach hurricane strength as early as Monday as it churned towards the northeast coast of
Alex could hit the
The tropical storm formed on Saturday near
“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours … and Alex could become a hurricane later today or on Tuesday,” the
Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the spill recovery effort, said on Saturday that contingency plans called for the spill containment crew to begin shutdown and evacuation procedures if forecasts showed a storm with gale force winds (39-54 miles/hour) was approaching and would strike within 120 hours.
“At this point it does not threaten the site but we know that these tracks can change and we're paying very close attention to it,” Allen said.
He added: “There are ways we can move off quicker but that’s not the most desirable way to do it…You start risking the damage to equipment and these are emergency procedures that you would not want to do normally”.
Oil began leaking from the bottom of the
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