I fear that the story of the Deepwater Horizon is still only in the second act. As if Gulf residents need anything else to be worried about at the moment, the National Oceanic + Atmospheric Admn announced yesterday that this hurricane season (which officially starts next Tuesday) is likely to be “active to extremely active,” comparing it to the 2005 season that produced Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. What the heck happens if a hurricane or tropical storm were to pass over the oil-coated Gulf? It’s unchartered territory, but on his WunderBlog, meteorologist Jeff Masters takes a stab:
One of the more unnerving prospects to consider if a hurricane hits the oil spill is what the hurricane’s storm surge might do with the oil/dispersant mixture. The foul mix would ride inland on top of the surge, potentially fouling residential areas and hundreds of square miles of sensitive ecosystems with the toxic stew.