(NBC) - Alex, gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico, could eventually become a hurricane -- but its current path is well away from the massive oil spill.
That means cleanup operations will probably not have to be stopped because of the incoming storm.
Forecasters say Alex is likely to make landfall later this week in northeast Mexico or southeast Texas--a cautious relief to those struggling with the cleanup from Louisiana to Florida.
"We all know, from the experiences we've had with hurricanes that can change, but the initial report was good as it relates to Florida and containing the oil", said optimistic Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
The storm swept across the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize on Saturday and could become a hurricane now that it's reemerged in the Gulf waters.
But even though this one may miss the oil-saturated region, hurricane season is only beginning in what's expected to be an active year.
"You know this isn't going to be the last one we're dealing with", warned Crist.
Meanwhile, vacationers at gulf shores Alabama express sentiments felt along damaged beaches across the region.
"To see it like this just breaks your heart�, lamented vacationer Jamie Bible.
On the shorelines and at the spill site, cleanup continues.
If there are no weather interruptions, a relief well to stop the oil leak is expected to be finished by mid-August,
For those who wait, that can't come soon enough.
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