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July 22nd, 2010
09:12 AM ET

Tropical weather could hamper effort to seal oil well

CNN Wire Staff

Several forecast models show the system heading for the Gulf of Mexico

Several forecast models show the system heading for the Gulf of Mexico

A tropical depression or tropical storm that formed near the Bahamas Thursday morning could threaten operations to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.

The system showed significant signs of intensification during the overnight hours with thunderstorm activity increasing, Morris said. Several forecast models show the system could move into the Gulf.

The National Hurricane Center said it would probably initiate tropical storm warnings and watches for portions of the Bahamas and southern Florida at 11 a.m. ET. Showers and strong gusty winds will spread over the Bahamas, portions of Cuba and southern Florida over the next couple of days, the hurricane center said in its 8 a.m. ET update.

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