Hurricane Alex Forces Ships in Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup to Return to Port

The first hurricane of the season has put the brakes on the oil clean-up operation around the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil-skimming ships have returned to port, and dispersant flights and controlled burns have been halted, the BBC reports. BP, however, says major efforts to contain oil from the Gulf spill are continuing despite Hurricane Alex, which has strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane and is expected to make landfall near the Texas-Mexico border today.

Activities such as skimming, dispersant flights and controlled burning have all been suspended because of strong winds and high waves.

But the main methods of oil capture at the spill site are continuing despite the weather.

Hurricane Alex is the first of the Atlantic season.