Two tropical weather systems threatening the Gulf of Mexico
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- 07 / 22 / 2010
British Petroleum announced today that it had stopped the drilling on the relief well that is planned to eventually put an end to the devastating leak that has been going on for months from the blown-out oil well from the collapsed Deepwater Horizon platform.
The company also stated that it may be forced to remove the containment cap that has been taking the escaping oil to ships waiting on the surface, since those ships could have to move out of the way of the storm. If this were to happen, the oil would again be spewing unfettered into the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm, currently called a "tropical wave" on the eastern side of the Gulf is currently bringing heavy showers to Cuba and Jamaica and forecasters predict that system has a 40% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours. From that point, it could enter the Gulf of Mexico or skirt up the east coast.
The other storm, a broad area of low pressure, located in the Bay of Campeche due west of the Yucatan Peninsula and already clear of the popular resort areas of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, is growing more organized and has a 30% chance of turning into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.
Travelers are urged to stay informed of the situation and remember that storms can intensify quickly. Even if they were to turn into tropical storms or hurricanes, they are still several days from making landfall anywhere in the United States.
Meanwhile, BP is monitoring the situation and has promised to continue drilling the relief well as soon as possible.