Perdue says NC will be ready if Gulf oil arrives

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Beverly Perdue has told a group of legislative leaders there is only a slim chance that oil from the Gulf of Mexico will reach North Carolina shores.

But Perdue says the state will be ready if it happens. The emergency management division is to provide Perdue with an updated response plan by June 21.

A computer model by the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows that oil leaking from the well could enter the Gulf's loop current and the Gulf Stream and reach North Carolina shores.

Researchers say oil could threaten East Coast beaches by early next month, but they caution the models are not a forecast.

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