Feds order ships to leave spill site before storm

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — The federal government has ordered dozens of ships to evacuate the site of BP’s broken oil well as Tropical Storm Bonnie sweeps toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The edge of the storm is expected to reach the area by early Saturday. The cap throttling the flow of oil will remain in place, unwatched for at least a few days.

The government’s top official overseeing the spill, Thad Allen, says days of monitoring the temporary plug have convinced scientists it will hold.

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The Associated Press