Tropical Depression Bonnie Expected to Impact Oil Spill Cleanup

Bonnie is now a tropical depression but is still on track to cross right over the site of the massive oil spill the Gulf.

It's not expected to hit until Sunday but cleanup crews are already gettnig out of the way.

:43-:47 John Winter/ South Carolina Visitor

Almost all the ships at the site of the oil spill are heading out....as Bonnie nears.

Admiral Thad Allen with the US Coast Guard said, "We're first going to start feeling the effects of this very early tomorrow morning, Saturday morning."

The government and bp hope to monitor the well until the last possible second.

Ships carrying undersea robots that provide video would be the last to leave and the first to return .

Allen said, "There are no surface vessels, the only real time feedback would be aerial surveillance and the satellite imagery."

Engineers say they're confident the cap on the well that's holding back all the oil will stay in place despite the storm moving through.

Seas are already starting to get rough out in the Gulf. While people are on the beach here in Gulfport they know Bonnie's coming.

South Carolina Visitor John Winter said, " We don't panic. We have benn through this so many times."

Bonnie made landfall south of Miami Friday morning after brushing the bahamas.

The storm could strengthen as it heads across the Gulf Of Mexico.
It's already stopped efforts to plug the well for good for at least two weeks and it's also stalling the cleanup at sea--forcing hundreds of skimming vessels back to port.

Some of the ships involved in the massive well operation are going back to port others are heading farther south to get out of the path of the storm.


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