AccuWeather: Oil from sunken rig headed for Gulf Coast beaches

Oil from the rig that exploded and sank south of Louisiana is headed for the coastlines of Mississippi and Louisiana, according to AccuWeather forecasts.

Oil could begin appearing on Coast beaches as early as Friday.

AccuWeather.com metorologists said their predictions show the ocean current in the Gulf of Mexico will switch to a southerly direction in the next 24 to 36 hours, which will push the oil on the surface toward the coastline.

As of midday Thursday, the Gulf of Mexico current is taking oil from the sunken rig away from land, but meteorologists expect the current to change course as a storm from the Rockies begins to move towards the Mississippi Valley.

This next system scheduled to bring severe weather into the Mississippi Valley will switch winds to the south, pulling the ocean current in the same direction.

Surface oil washing upon beaches in Louisiana and Mississippi could be devastating for life along the coast.