May 18, 2010 10:28 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - University scientists are forecasting that
oil from the spill off Louisiana could reach Florida's Key West by
University of South Florida researchers said Tuesday the
southern arm of the massive spill has entered or is near the
so-called loop current, which circulates in the Gulf and takes
water south to the Florida Keys and the Gulf Stream. The Gulf
Stream could eventually take the oil up Florida's Atlantic coast.
Twenty tar balls were found by the Coast Guard off Key West on
Monday. They are being tested to see if they came from the
Louisiana spill or elsewhere. Tar balls can occur naturally or come
from other sources such as ships.
USF scientists use currents, wind forecasts and other elements
to make their predictions.