June 22, 2010
The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season may enter the Gulf of Mexico as soon as next week, disrupting BP Plc’s efforts to clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Thunderstorms in the Caribbean may strengthen into a tropical storm this week before heading into the Gulf between Mexico and Cuba, said Jim Rouiller, a senior energy meteorologist at Planalytics Inc. in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
“The first named tropical storm of the 2010 season appears more likely to form over the northwestern Caribbean late this week and will go on to represent a formidable threat to the Gulf along with heightening concerns about the oil slick,” Rouiller said in an e-mail yesterday.
Forecasters are predicting this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, may be among the most active on record and may hamper BP’s efforts to plug the leaking well. AccuWeather Inc. forecast at least three storms will move through the region affected by the spill.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 4:00 am