New Orleans, La. – Local governments along the Gulf Coast have long planned for hurricane seasons with forecasting weather and planning evacuations. But they now have to predict what effects a massive storm will have on millions of gallons of oil in the water. They're not sure where winds and waves could push oil on shore. And they need more information from BP about evacuation plans for thousands of clean-up workers and 1,300 vessels helping to skim oil off the surface. BP says it will deliver those plans in about two weeks. The state also wants BP to be responsible for arranging housing and transportation out of harm's way for fishermen and their families now without income because of the spill.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans