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May 3, 2010 / V A Nichols

No landfall yet

No landfall ‘at least through Thursday’ says Coast Guard in Alabama

By Dan Murtaugh

May 03, 2010, 4:33PM
MOBILE, Ala. — A Coast Guard captain said this afternoon that unified spill incident command officials “are confident there will be no landfall in our area” as least through Thursday.

That statement came from Capt. Steven Poulin, the U.S. Coast Guard incident commander and local federal on-scene coordinator, during a news conference this afternoon at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in downtown Mobile.

That sets forward one day what Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said Sunday: that no landfall was expected in Alabama through at least Wednesday evening.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projections showed that the part of the slick that extended east from Mobile Bay toward Pensacola would break up by this morning.

“The entire eastern portion of the sheen seems to have disappeared,” Phil Woods of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management said Sunday. “It’s breaking down rapidly. The solids that remain are emulsified. And while they are going to be hard to deal with, we’re not going to have black beaches.”

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