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Gulf Beaches Hit As Distant Hurricane Alex Pushes Oil Ashore

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - While Hurricane Alex is moving away from BP's ruptured oil well, it's still having an impact on the spill and the Gulf Coast.

Alex is churning up big waves that are pushing oil onto beaches from the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. A marine science technician working on Louisiana's Grand Isle and
Elmer's Island says the heavy seas are wiping out any progress, with tar balls the size of apples washing onto the beach.

Cleanup vessels that had been skimming the oil from the surface have been ordered to remain in their docks.

The National Weather Service says the nasty weather will likely remain through tomorrow.

However, scientists says the rough seas and wind could have an up side, helping to break apart the oil and make it evaporate faster.

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