“Spare the Gulf from fierce hurricanes-please”

Hurricanes pick up rains pick up fish, oil and everything else. The petrochemicals both heavy and light  found in crude oil evaporate even without a storm picking them up! Oil evaporates into the air. Some of the lighter chemicals in crude oil evaporate at temperatures as low as 100 degrees (F) the average temperature in Louisiana and the surrounding Gulf coastal areas at this time of year.

What if these chemicals are rained down upon the land as part of a major storm? Every living thing is endangered.
Stage 1.

Now, these lighter chemicals that more easily evaporate also happen to have lower flash points, meaning they catch on fire more easily and at lower temperatures than other elements in the oil. The flash point for gasoline, for example, is much lower than diesel fuel. That’s because gasoline is “more flammable” and is a lighter fuel than diesel.

The EPA classifies oils into Classes A – D. Class A is the lightest kind of oil, which the EPA describes as highly fluid, often clear, spread rapidly on solid or water surfaces, have a strong odor, a high evaporation rate, and are usually flammable. They penetrate porous surfaces such as dirt and sand, and may be persistent in such a matrix.”

“…t the more volatile oils can evaporate from crude oil, rendering the remaining oil heavier and more “tar-like.”

Stage 2. If a hurricane carrying these chemicals makes landfall, the earth, sidwalks, buildings virtually everything could be covered by a wet, slippery toxic mess. Impossible to clean up fast enough, It would pose a health and potential safety hazard for everyone.

Stage 3

This slime would kill trees and plants and possible small animals like small birds or young and possibly contaminate the animals that feed off the land its plants and animals. Earlier this month the first potential signs of plant die off came when “burnt spots and white powdery spots”  suddenly appeared on plants and trees of all kinds both organically grown and traditional agro- farms. This toxic rain could be fatal for all species- from the microbial level up- no matter where it falls, essentially collapsing the environment from the bottom up. The devastation of a hurricane with these chemicals dispersed in it would multiply the effects and hazards.

This toxic acid rain could be fatal for all species from the microbial level up no matter where it falls, essentially collapsing the environment from the bottom up. The devastation of a hurricane with these chemicals dispersed in it would multiply the effects and hazards.

Stage 4

When the sun dries up the rain, all the dead trees killed by the oil turn into kindling. The whole city is ready to ignite.

Some of the more volatile fuels may evaporate, giving off toxic explosive fumes. Now any carelessly thrown cigarette or  one lightning strike could explode and create a city to burn to the ground like what happened in the Chicago Fire many years ago.

The explosions from this firestorm could cause the sewers to explode destroying the entire underground infrastructure (fiber optics, water delivery, electrical infrastructure, etc.) of the city.

The aftermath

After the fire of the century BP oil would still be left in the water, covering the shore and lingering in the air and in and on everything still alive. And in the aftermath, you’d still have oil covering the beaches, oil in the ocean, and the threat of more firestorms yet to come. It could be just the first of many such incidents striking the Gulf Coast.

Resources

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