UPDATE 1- BP spill could reach Atlantic Coast within weeks

(Updates throughout)

WASHINGTON, June 3 (BestGrowthStock) – Oil from the BP (BP.L: ) spillin the Gulf of Mexico could float around Florida and up the
U.S. East Coast as far as North Carolina, the National Center
for Atmospheric Research said on Thursday.

Citing computer models, scientists at the federally-funded
center said in a statement that the oil could reach Florida’s
Atlantic Coast within weeks and could move as far north as Cape
Hatteras, North Carolina.

“I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach
Florida?'” NCAR scientist Synte Peacock said in the statement.
“Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this
environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida,
with impacts that have yet to be understood.”

The center’s statement said the study is not a forecast
because it is not possible to accurately predict where the oil
will be weeks or months from now. However, the computer
simulations of the oil’s movement “provide an envelope of
possible scenarios for the oil dispersal.”

Where and when the oil will move depends on regional
weather conditions and the Gulf of Mexico’s Loop Current, the
statement said.

More information and a computer animation of the oil’s
possible course are available online at
http://www2.ucar.edu/news/ocean-currents-likely-to-carry-oil-spill-to-atlantic-coast

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(Reporting by Deborah Zabarenko, editing by Anthony Boadle)

UPDATE 1- BP spill could reach Atlantic Coast within weeks