Computer Models Show Gulf Oil Reaching Cape Hatteras

Computer models show oil leaking from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico could wind up on the East Coast and even get carried on currents across the Atlantic Ocean toward Europe.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research models showed Thursday that oil could enter the Gulf's loop current, go around the tip of Florida and as far north as Cape Hatteras, N.C. According to researchers, oil could threaten East Coast beaches by early July, but they cautioned the models were not a forecast.

The oil could then head by Bermuda on its way to Europe.

Martin Visbeck, a research team member with the University of Kiel in Germany, says it is unlikely any oil reaching Europe would be thick enough to be harmful.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 14, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    This is not a good sign. What would be destroyed is the commercial fishing industry, indirectly affecting several other aspects of the Outer Banks economy. Way to destroy Louisiana's coast BP. Way to go you crooks.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    There goes OSOC again talking about if you love heating your home or driving your car. Folks, do me a favor and ask OSOC where the majority of our oil comes from?
  • by Renee Location: Here on Jun 5, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    Implode the well and be done with it! How much economical and ecological damage has to occur for them to finally make the call!? Money and greed has let this go on for so long!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jun 5, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    If Obama would have sent USCG skimmer ships!? LOL. That is the funniest one yet! Maybe he should have just taken out his hanky while he was down there and cleaned it up with that! He'd have made just as much of a dent. Millions of gallons of oil! Understand?
  • by Local Location: Columbia on Jun 4, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    Maybe this will finally make the federal and state governments realize we would be better off to tap the wind energy off the NC coast. Wind is clean, renewable, and free. If wind turbins farms were placed off our coast, our coast alone would drastically reduce our country's dependence on oil for energy. Not to mention the jobs it would provide to eastern NC! We need to speak out and push our government to make a real change for the better for once!!!
  • by FACT DOG Location: NC on Jun 4, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    All we need is one more computer model to worry people.Its is time to destroy all computer models and live life to the fullest everyday.Then worry about things when they happen.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    Beach Lover, no facts, not alternatives and absolutely no substance, should you be riding a surfboard? Can you at least surf the internet and learn about you country...that sand leaves you thinking of the god are lost, yet you post nonsense...
  • by Beach Lover. on Jun 4, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    The fact is alternitive energy is available...And is doesn't have to cost a futune..The bussiness that have control of these regulate the price. we have for years drilled, mined and deforested our planet. I am not a tree hugger but any one that opens thereeyes can see what we our doing..We are killing the animals and planet and once the are gone guys so is our food supply and trees and plants produce oxegen..So we are killing ouselves...
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    I'm pretty sure burning the oil is the last thing we want to do, considering all the wildlife smattered with oil. Basically you people want to see miles of burning shoreline, flaming dolphins trying to swim away, and an endless black plume of smoke billowing into the sky further polluting our Earth. Yeah, that sounds great to me. Not! Did you guys forget that it's STILL gushing oil? You can't just burn it off, it's still flowing. Ohhh I get it, this is opposites day, so we're recommending the opposite of what we want to happen! Uhh, how about we NUKE the oil spill! That'll teach it a lesson! Or maybe that spill is just acting out for attention like a child, so we should just ignore it and look the other way and it will stop itself, right? Nooo, no, I got it this time. Let's build a 75 foot long BAND-AID and stick that bad boy over the leak. Band-aids always work for my lil' boo boo's, I bet they'll fix the ocean floor too! What a joke...
  • by john Location: Roanoke, va on Jun 4, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    I love the outer banks, my wife is going to open a medical practice down there within the next six months. The spill would not be a problem if it involved a bird (piping plover) that was not native to the area, and seen as a complete nuissance, the government would damn well take care of it, but no need to worry about the oil. weird world isnt it.

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