Below is the recent update on the oil spill and tropical depression Alex. Mexico Beach remains oil free, clean and open for business. Looks as if we are going to escape TD Alex as well!!!
On June 27 NOAA places the oil plume 57 miles from Mexico Beach and 244 miles from St. Petersburg.
Winds and currents will prevent a further eastward movement of the oil plume along the northwestern Florida coastline.
Areas already impacted, west of the Choctawhatchee Bay, will continue to receive impacts as the oil plume moves slightly northwest and closer to the shoreline.
No significant amounts of oil are within or moving towards the loop current ring and there is no clear path for oil to enter the Florida Straits within the next 5 days.
Tropical Storm Alex began to move across the Yucatan Peninsula last night and is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico by this afternoon.
The majority of the computer models, along with the National Hurricane Center, are forecasting Alex to move towards the west-northwest and impact the coastline near the Texas-Mexico border later this week.
The system is also forecasted to slightly increase in intensity as it moves across the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall.
All Florida Beaches Remain OPEN! Pensacola Beach is open but has been closed to swimming and wading until further notice.