New Orleans, La. – BP says the captain of the drilling rig will chart it course around the rougher seas as it returns to the site off the Louisiana coast. It's finishing up drilling the relief well that's set to kill the broken well at the source several miles under the seafloor. The vessel is designed to handle waves much higher than those being churned by the approaching tropical system. The National Weather Service says the storm isn't expected to pick up much strength as it approaches the Gulf Coast. But it is expected to push the oil spill farther into coastal wetlands. Skimming vessels trying to keep oil from coming ashore have been sent to safe harbor while the storm passes.
For NPR News I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.