From Green Right Now Reports
Mindful of the tourists that visit the sunny, sandy Florida Keys year round, the Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Council has added an oil spill info section to its website to keep travelers posted on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
As the growing oil mess continues to float just off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, weather reporters have been speculating that it could, if it shifted southward, take flight on the gulf currents that carry water out of the area. Oil picked up on the Loop Current that spins clockwise and moves out of the gulf, could spread the spill from Florida and even up the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. to the Carolinas. But where oil would be deposited remains a big unknown.
The Keys website will show the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s oil slick trajectory maps, and answer questions about the oil and its potential brush with the Florida Keys.
For the moment, the federal government is predicting the oil will stay in the northern portion of the gulf through tomorrow, and even shift even closer to the Louisiana coast on Thursday.
Any possible effect on the Keys remains impossible to predict, the tourism website notes.
“Our visitor centers and hotels have been receiving phone calls from vacationers concerned about traveling to the Keys,” said Harold Wheeler, director of the Keys tourism council in a prepared statement. “We understand their apprehension and wanted to provide a trusted information resource based on information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other official sources.”