PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Florida emergency leaders say Tropical Storm Alex should pass the state, but waves from the storm could push more oil and tar from the massive BP spill onto Panhandle beaches.
Gov. Charlie Crist met with state emergency leaders at a mobile command center on Pensacola Beach Sunday. A forecaster told the group the good news is the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season shouldn't halt containment efforts at the spill site in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
But Florida Department of Emergency Management meteorologist Amy Godsey said rough waves churned by the cyclone will disrupt efforts to corral and burn surface oil and will likely push more oil and tar onto Panhandle beaches throughout the week.
Tropical Storm Alex weakened to a depression Sunday after making landfall in Belize.