This past weekend, the oil started washing up on Orange Beach, Alabama. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach CVB reported "significant oil impact, ranging from tarballs to odor, in certain areas across the island. The city is flying double red flags at public beaches, which means they're closed for swimming. For daily status reports and videos on the beach conditions at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, visit TheBeachFacts.com.
Oil has also reached northwest Florida's Okaloosa Island, between Fort Walton and Destin, FL. This morning, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported "hundreds" of tarballs, some as big as a golf ball, washing up on the island. Cleanup crews have already been at work, with skimmer boats collecting oil off shore. See the Daily News story and photos from the scene.
Florida's beaches remain open, but swimming and fishing are not advised in certain areas. Here's what we know so far:
Where not to swim:
- Beaches from the Florida/Alabama line to the
entrance of Johnson Beach at Perdido Key. and has posted signs at the affected area. (Source: Pensacola CVB)
- Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and
Fort Morgan; and in bay waters immediately adjacent to Fort Morgan, in
Bayou St. John, Terry Cove, Cotton Bayou or Old River. Source: Alabama Department of Public Health
- Anywhere where tarballs or oil are present.
Have you spotted any tarballs up close? Please let us know.
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