A hurricane and a tropical storm spun through the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning, and were expected to gain strength, but neither posed an immediate threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update.
Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said they detected a plume of hydrocarbons in June that was at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The odds of a weather system in the northern Gulf of Mexico becoming a tropical depression or storm improved Monday evening, but the storm's proximity to shore gives it little time to develop, the National Hurricane Center reported Monday.
Oil could flow unrestricted for two weeks into the Gulf of Mexico if a hurricane moved toward the BP oil spill, according to a timeline from Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who's managing the federal government's response to the disaster.
Hurricane Alex was aiming its fury toward southern Texas and northeastern Mexico on Wednesday as it churned in the western Gulf of Mexico, but it was "moving in no hurry," the National Hurricane Center said.