The Associated Press
Vessels gather at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site over the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast Tuesday.
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) --
Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brings the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill.
Though the rough weather is hundreds of miles from the spill
site and won't enter the Gulf for at least a few more days,
officials have ordered technicians trying to plug BP's well to
stand down because they needed several days to clear the area.
Just days before the expected completion of a relief well
designed to permanently throttle the oil, the government's spill
chief said Wednesday that work was suspended.
Worse yet, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says foul weather could require reopening the cap that's contained the oil for nearly a week.