Poated on Friday, 6.9.2010
Beaches in Miami - Miami Tourism
Good news for travelers planning to stay in Miami Beach vacation rentals. A new U.S. report shows that the beaches in Miami will only be slightly affected, if at all, by the BP oil spill. There is only a 61% to 80% chance that the oil will reach within 20 miles of the coasts of the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which bases its forecast on historical wind and ocean currents, says that any oil reaching the beaches in Miami would have spent substantial time degrading and dispersing and would be in the form of scattered tar balls and not a large surface slick of oil.
The news was not good for the areas of the Mississippi River Delta to the western panhandle of Florida. NOAA forecasts an 81% to 100% chance that these areas will be hit by oil. It is unlikely that other areas of Florida will be affected, NOAA says.
According to NOAA, there is only a 1% to 20% chance that the oil will reach the Eastern Seaboard and it's very unlikely the oil will affect areas above North Carolina, because the Gulf Stream will push it away from the continental United States at Cape Hatteras.
In the meantime, now that the rough seas from Hurricane Alex have subsided, oil-skimming vessels have been sent back out to collect oil.
The Los Angeles Times reported that officials hoped to put another containment ship by the gushing oil spill by Wednesday which will double the 25,000 barrels of oil being recovered daily.
According to estimates by the U.S. government, as many as 60,000 barrels a day are leaking from BP's Macondo well. The ultimate solution to stopping the leak is the drilling of a relief well which BP says it will likely complete in early August.
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