The Mississippi , the nation’s largest river system, is nearing a record level in Memphis as its rising waters force widespread evacuations, slow waterborne commerce and threaten riverside oil refineries.
A tropical depression has formed out of a group of thunderstorms in the Gulf of Mexico, where BP Plc has suspended drilling a relief well to permanently plug the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
As oil, tar balls and dead wildlife wash up on the coast of Louisiana from a leaking well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, another threat looms on the horizon -- hurricane season, which officially starts June 1.
Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed south of the Bahamas and is on a track to move across the southern tip of Florida and into the oil-fouled waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
A tropical depression in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is expected to wash ashore tomorrow on the Louisiana coast, where Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, according to the National Hurricane Center.