Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gulf oil rigs also threatened by Gustav

Hurricane Gustav is now a very dangerous Category 4 hurricane threatening western Cuba, and is expected to reemerge in the Gulf possibly reaching Category 5 strength, the most powerful type of hurricane.

While it is still uncertain whether the hurricane will impact the U.S. Gulf coast, two models for example have shown Gustav turning away to the West before landfall, all models agree that the important Gulf oil rigs are seriously threatened.

Significant damage to the oil rigs could send oil and fuel prices skyrocketing again. A serious oil spill could impact the U.S. presidential debate on new offshore oil drilling that has captured headlines recently during the campaign.


Map of Gulf Oil Rigs showing tracks of Hurricanes Rita and
Katrina (Foots Forecast)

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Five-day Projected Track of Hurricane Gustav (NOAA)
[Image of 5-day forecast of predicted track, and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]
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In addition to hurricane damage, Gustav may stall over Louisiana and/or Texas causing major flooding problems.

Folks in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana are taking no chances. Mass evacuations are currently underway.

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