Possible Storm Threatens Gulf Oil Spill Control Efforts

2010_atlantic_tropical_depression_oneA low-pressure area forming on the northeast coast of Honduras and Grand Cayman may become a tropical storm in the next 48 hours that. It  will threaten the control efforts of the gulf oil spill. The National Hurricane Center said that the possibility is at 70%.

There are two possible routes for the would-be storm. First, moving northwest toward the border of Texas and Louisiana, or second, northeast across the spill toward the Florida panhandle.

The workers at sea will be forced to abandon their posts when winds hit 40-knots. They will not be able to resume their jobs for two weeks if such events occur.

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 64 knots or 75 mph.

The effect of abandoning control efforts will mean that at least 60,000 barrels of oil will gush out from the wells just in a single day. If the upper-end federal estimates of the leak are used however, 840,000 barrels would gush out. That is equivalent to 35 million gallons of oil.