Oil Spill Update 05/17/10

After a rainy Sunday the beaches are again beautiful and ready for you to visit!  Don’t forget your sunscreen!  This week is going to be really sunny and in the mid to high 80’s.  Below is the most recent update from the Gulf Shores.com website.   

  • To date, no oil has reached the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and according to NOAA, none is expected for at least the next 72 hours. See the current NOAA map and forecast here.
  • There have been no reports of odor along the beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan. At its closest point, the slick is approximately 50-60 miles away from the western tip of our island.
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Department of Environmental Management have stated that there is no foreseeable need to close beaches and, short of a drastic change, they have no plans to do so.
  • An erroneous e-mail has been circulated stating that Governor Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail is false. A press release from the Governor’s office verifying that the beaches ARE open was issued today. Click here to read the release.
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