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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:15 AM
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Hurricane Alex delays BP oil clean-up efforts in Gulf
Source: BBC News

The effects of Hurricane Alex have halted part of BP's oil clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Activities such as skimming, dispersant flights and controlled burning have all been suspended because of strong winds and high waves.

But the main methods of oil capture at the spill site are continuing despite the weather.

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It has strengthened to a category 1 hurricane and is expected to make landfall near the Texas-Mexico border late on Wednesday.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/us_and_canada/10456074...
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:08 AM
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1. I guess it is worse in the water.
Even a trailer can handle a Category 1 hurricane, normally. We had a regular thunderstorm here today in my home town with 70 mph winds. Now, THAT was rough. I take it 30 to 40 mph winds are much worse in the water. :(
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:14 AM
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2. A Category-1 storm has a minimum sustained windspeed of 74mph.
Alex has sustained winds of 80mph, currently. Only tropical depressions have sustained windspeeds under 40mph.

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
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