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Jul 23, 2010 6:30 PM by Greg Boyce

Tropical storm surges toward Gulf Coast

(AP) - Tropical Storm Bonnie is already being felt at the site of BP's troublesome well in the Gulf of Mexico, even though the storm won't arrive there in full until
Sunday.

A Coast Guard admiral says seas are choppy, rocking boats as crews get ready to leave. A mile of pipe is being pulled up before workers and their gear move to safer waters. Bonnie has made landfall in Florida, south of Miami, with top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. It's expected to strengthen as it travels over the Gulf.
Scientists say even a severe storm shouldn't affect the plug in the well, which is nearly a mile beneath the ocean. But the weather delay could push back work on a permanent plug by 12 days.

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