In the loop

La.
New Orleans

The loop current, a warm, swift current that enters the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean and can exacerbate hurricanes, could also drag spilled oil into the Atlantic.

100 km 100 miles

Oil spill (as of May 27)

Fla.
Tampa

May 27

Warm-core eddy could break away from current
© 2010 MCT Source: NOAA Graphic: Miami Herald

Current went north into the Gulf before circling back toward the Keys

Week of May 17

Miami Key West

Loop current

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