BP Relief Tunnel Should Reach Well in Days

Tropical rainstorms touching toward the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday in danger to close down undersea labors to seal BP's ruptured well break off work just as engineers get close to plugging the leak with mud and cement.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen thought a weather system brewing in the Carribean might force crews to abandon their watch over the new cap that's been bottling oil a mile below the surface of the water for nearly a week.

Scientists have been scrutinize undersea cameras and data for days, trying to settle on if the cap is displacing pressure and causing leaks underground. If storms keep them from seeing the cap and getting those readings — for up to four days, Allen said — BP could reopen the well to avoid missing signs it is buckling.

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