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Tar on Gulf Coast Beaches Linked To BP

Tar on Gulf Coast Beaches Linked To BP

After Tropical Storm Lee churned in the warm Gulf waters and washed ashore along the Gulf Coast, balls of tar began rolling in with the tide along the sandy beaches of the Gulf from Alabama to the Panhandle of Florida. Thursday preliminary test results from tests performed by Auburn University linked the tar ball wash up to oil from BP.

The results showed that the tar that washed ashore on Alabama and Florida Beaches was a result of the BP Oil Spill last year, which came as no surprise to skeptical locals and business owners.

Officials believe that the tar that recently washed ashore after Tropical Storm Lee is “remnants” of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Recent “flyovers” indicate that oil might be leaking from BP’s Maconda Well, but BP Officials deny these claims.

BP Clean Up Crews continue to clean up tar balls along the beaches with the help of local beach lovers. Some of the balls of tar have been reported to be as big as baseballs.

September Marks Historical Peak of Hurricane Season

September 10th marked the annual historical peak of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and Florida Division of Emergency Management officials urge residents and visitors to stay prepared. As this year’s season has already been very active, Division officials caution residents that the 2011 season runs through November 30th and several more tropical developments are still possible. To date, the National Hurricane Center has identified twelve named tropical storms, two of which have reached hurricane status.

Lee's Impact Gulf Coast Beaches - TAR

Lee's Impact Gulf Coast Beaches - TAR

While the North East United States are still feeling the impact of the remains of Hurricane Lee with heavy rains and dangerous flooding, the Gulf Coast in Florida and  Alabama are feeling much different effects of the aftermath. The churning storm in the Gulf Waters have cause tar balls to accumulate on the beaches in Florida and Alabama after the rough storm churned up surf along the beaches.

BP Officials and the company claim that it will take days to determine if the oil came from last years massive spill in the Gulf, but locals residents have been skeptical about the extent of the cleanups success, despite the months of cleaning. The express their emotions very honestly in the video above. Despite the "confusion" of where the oil "came from" BP workers used fishing nets to scoop up the tar balls anyway.

This leaves the question, just how much oil remains on the floor of the Gulf, and will The Gulf Beaches and Waters ever be the same after the massive spill?

Churning Tropics Create Dangerous Rip Currents

Churning Tropics Create Dangerous Rip Currents

With Hurricane Season well under way, and the recent activity in the Tropics, State Officials in Florida warn Residents and Visitors of the dangers of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean with strong Rip Currents.

Rip Currents can be 200 to 2,500 feet long but are normally no wider than 30 feet, and can not easily be seen. The current can move more than 5 miles per hour and knock someone off their feet in less than a foot of water.

Rip Currents account for about 80% of beach rescues, and many times people trying to help become victims themselves.

As the tropics churn in the waters of the Atlantic, surf is expected to pick up, and create powerful, dangerous Rip Currents along the coast through Friday.

Tropical Depression forms in Gulf of Mexico; Warnings for U.S. Coast

MIAMI - A new tropical depression has just formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm warnings are now up for the U.S. coast from Mississippi to Texas. The storm may also impact Florida.