May 28, 2010
The U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast should brace for a potentially "extremely active" hurricane season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2010 Atlantic forecast, released Thursday.
NOAA warned of added risk from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying a hurricane storm surge could bring "discernable deposits" of oil even farther ashore along the Gulf Coast.
Depending on the topography, a powerful hurricane can drive a storm surge more than a mile (1.6 kilomters) inland. And as Texas Tech University's Ron Kendall told National Geographic News earlier this month, "You put a major hurricane in [the oil spill zone], you're liable to have oil in downtown New Orleans."