An oil sheen has been confirmed about nine miles off the Florida coast, and officials are saying it could hit the white sands of Pensacola Beach as soon as Wednesday.
Escambia County officials have started putting out boom and making other plans for the arrival of the oil. Crude has already been reported along barrier islands in Alabama and Mississippi, and it has impacted some 125 miles of Louisiana coastline.
In Mississippi, Gov. Haley Barbour says a two-mile long, three-feet wide strand of oil has been found on Petit Bois Island, near the Alabama border. He says vessels will be dispatched to clean it up.
Meanwhile, the director of Alabama's Department of Public Health says patches of oil have washed up on Dauphin Island near the mouth of Mobile Bay.