Tracking the spill: Storm could push oil toward Gulf shores


Tropical Storm Alex is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday, as it headed toward landfall on the Gulf Coast of northern Mexico and south Texas sometime Wednesday.

Although Alex’s current track curls away from the BP spill site, forecasters warned that blowing winds and choppy waves from the storm could push the oil in the Gulf back into the marshes of Louisiana and onto the shores along Alabama and Mississippi. Winds are expected to blow the oil away from Florida’s beaches.

One event already impacted by Alex is the free Jimmy Buffett concert on the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala. The concert has been rescheduled from July 1 to July 11 due to increased surf that threatens to undermine the stage, according to Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.

Buffett and a lineup of stars including Kenny Chesney, Zack Brown and others planned the free concert to support residents and businesses struggling due to the BP oil spill.

"This is a disappointment, but Jimmy Buffett is still coming to the Gulf Coast on July 11, and tickets will be honored,” Craft said.

Cleanup continues along the Alabama coast, where mousse patties came ashore over the weekend. Beaches are open, but swimming is not recommended.

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