June 4, 2010 Could oil flood North Carolina Beaches? ABC News 11 (Durham, N.C.)

There is a grim forecast out about the oil spill disaster and its potential impact on the North Carolina coast.

A computer model outlines the Gulf of Mexico’s Loop Current — the same current is the current that a Duke professor, along with other scientists, believes could carry oil up the Carolina coast in a matter of weeks.

“Once it goes through the Florida Straits, which it’s about ready to do, it could be a matter of weeks to months,” Duke Physical Oceanography Professor Susan Lozier said.

Lozier studies large scale ocean circulation at Duke University.

“In general, what’s carried in the Gulf Stream stays off shore of North Carolina in the Gulf stream,” Lozier said.

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