MIAMI–(ENEWSPF)–July 23, 2010. The Florida Peninsula Command Post initiated severe weather response plans Thursday in preparation for Tropical Depression Three.
The FPCP is tracking the progress of the storm continuously and is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of personnel and assets involved in the response.
Two Sentry vessels on patrol west of the Dry Tortugas to survey for the presence of oil in the loop current have been ordered to seek shelter and are currently in port. Additionally, airplane and helicopter patrols scheduled for Friday have been cancelled.
“The safety of our personnel and resources and their continued ability to do their important work protecting Florida once the weather clears are our highest priority,” said Capt. Drew Pearson, FPCP incident commander. “The closest observed oil from the spill is more than 200 miles from Florida’s west coast and 300 miles from the loop current. With the well capped and no new oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, the threat to the Florida Peninsula remains extremely low and continues to diminish.”
The FPCP severe weather response plan is in alignment with the Unified Area Command plan, which coordinates all Deepwater Horizon BP spill weather-related activities across the Gulf of Mexico region.