The oil rig that exploded last week continues to leak at a rate of over 200,000 gallons a day, and strong Southerly winds continue to push it straight onto the Gulf coastline.
This continuous leak now covers an area roughly 130 miles wide and 70 miles long. This area is three times larger than previously projected, and scientists at the University of Miami are now waiting on new satellite images to get better estimations on how large an area has been impacted.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have all declared a State of Emergency as the oil slick continues to spread out along the Gulf coast.
Because of an ocean current known as the “Loop Current” which flows around the state of Florida then becomes the Gulf Stream, the eastern coast of Florida may be hard hit as well.
In Texas, North winds behind Saturday’s Pacific cold front will hold off the oil slick from the Texas coast, at least temporarily, but with oil continuing to ooze from the wreckage, and winds returning from the South, it may be a matter of time before parts of the Texas coast are affected as well.