updated 12:46 p.m. ET, Sun., May 16, 2010
NEW YORK - BP's oil spill could make for one of the highest-stakes U.S. Gulf hurricane seasons on record.
Storms could scuttle cleanup efforts, force containment vessels to retreat, or propel spilled crude and tar balls over vast expanses of sea and beach.
Meteorologists say that climate conditions are ripe for an unusually destructive hurricane season, the storm-prone period that runs from June 1 to the end of November in the Gulf. Oceanographers say that could hurt the clean-up.