Weather May Give Florida Panhandle A Break From Oil Spill

Pensacola Beach
Tar balls have been washing up on Pensacola Beach, among others in the Florida Panhandle.
TALLAHASSEE (2010-6-21) -

The seemingly unstoppable eastward drift of oil and other junk from the BP spill along the Florida Panhandle may be slowing, at least temporarily, according to Florida Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Sole.

“We expect some favorable weather for the next several days. We now have some winds from the east which will help push the plume to the west,” he said.

“We’ve also got some currents that are going to improve, and also push it to the west.”

Sole spoke at a situation briefing at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee Monday.

Gov. Crist also introduced U.S. Coast Guard Commander Joe Boudrow, who will oversee Florida’s response to the oil spill.

Boudrow is now Florida’s official connection with the Unified Command in Mobile, Alabama that’s trying to mitigate and clean up the Gulf oil spill.

Crist says Boudrow’s presence in Florida will mean better coordination with Unified Command, as well as state and local responders.

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