The hurricane was churning coastal waters across the oil-affected region on the Gulf of Mexico. Waves as high as 6 feet and winds over 25 mph were forecast through Thursday just off shore from the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
In Louisiana, the storm pushed an oil patch toward Grand Isle and uninhabited Elmer's Island, dumping tar balls as big as apples on the beach
'The sad thing is that it's been about three weeks since we had any big oil come in here,' marine science technician Michael Malone said. 'With this weather,we lost all the progress we made.'"Mary Foster and Tom Breen report for the Associated Press June 30, 2010.