Mississippi prepares as oil heads to coast

South Mississippi went on high alert Thursday as oil began to reach the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Coast Guard officials are attempting to barricade the Mississippi Coast’s shoreline from an oil spill that could reach the state sometime this weekend.

Forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast the spill will be 10 to 20 miles south of the barrier islands by 6 p.m. Saturday, but officials are leery of predicting exactly when, or if, the spill will reach Mississippi beaches.

For some, preparations for the oil’s arrival feel somewhat like waiting for a hurricane. The Navy is sending supplies, the director of Homeland Security is en route to the South and President Barack Obama weighed in with reassurance the government is doing everything in its power to prevent a greater environmental catastrophe.

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