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Good Question: How will a hurricane affect the oil spill?

Day 49 of the Gulf oil disaster and finally some good news.

BP says a cap on the well is beginning to capture thousands of gallons of oil.

There is always the threat it will fail and now with hurricane season upon the coast another threat, mother nature.

Good Question: Summer in Frankfort writes: With all the talk about hurricane season and the massive oil leak, if a hurricane does hit the Gulf will it sling oil miles inland

For weeks we've watched thousands of gallons of oil spew into the Gulf and that water is on the move..

Six new computer models all show currents carrying the oil up the east coast possibly reaching the Carolinas by next month.

"It gets picked up by loop currents which is this, they then shoot out," said Synte Peacock, an Oceanographer.

Something else that could send that oil moving, a hurricane.

The Gulf Coast is no stranger to natural disasters like hurricanes, but couple one of those with the oil spill and that spells double trouble.

The Gulf is a superhighway of sorts for hurricanes that form in the warm waters.

Weather experts are predicting a busy hurricane season, with seven named storms and up to 23 tropical storms.

Some experts fear that a combination of damaging winds and large waves from a hurricane could send and even bigger surge of oil into the wetlands along the coast, bringing an even bigger danger to wildlife in an already delicate ecosystem.

The Gulf Coast has been hit hard, Hurricane Camille virtually wiped out the Mississippi coast in 1969 and Hurricane Katrina did the same in 2005.


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