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Hurricane Alex drives spill cleanup boats to shore

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - The outer edges of Hurricane Alex are complicating the cleanup of spilled oil in the gulf of Mexico.

Dozens of small skiffs, huge shrimp boats and even a swamp tour boat are tied to docks, winds whipping their flags and waves rocking them even in the sheltered marina.

Most days, the fleet would be skimming oil from the Gulf of Mexico and ferrying workers and supplies. But Hurricane Alex churning in the Gulf has turned many people fighting the massive 11-week-old spill into spectators and that could go on for days.

The National Weather Service says waves are as high as 12 feet in parts of the Gulf

Meanwhile, the U.S. has accepted offers of help from 12 countries and international organizations for spill cleanup.

Alex is far enough away that it's not projected to affect work at the site of the blown-out well.

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