August 11th, 2010
12:24 PM ET

Weather that suspended relief well drilling closes in

The heavy rains and gusty winds associated with Tropical Depression Five moved closer to the site of BP's crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.

In anticipation of the severe weather, crews suspended drilling Tuesday on the relief well that is expected to intercept with the damaged well.

The National Hurricane Center maintained a tropical storm warning Wednesday morning for the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico as the fifth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season homed in on the Gulf Coast. That means tropical storm-strength winds of at least 39 mph are expected in the area within 36 hours.


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