Image by nasa1fan/MSFC via FlickrNot good this weekend:
In Louisiana, truckloads of sand were being delivered and put in sandbags to be dropped by National Guard helicopters along Fourchon Beach, which is southwest of New Orleans. It's one of the few beaches along the Louisiana coast, with about two miles of public sand and another seven miles that is privately owned.
Officials declared a state of emergency and closed the beach until further notice.
Oil estimate now greater: It has been pouring into the Gulf from a blown-out undersea well at about 210,000 gallons per day.
Booms have been put out to protect estuaries, marshlands and coastlines, from west of the Mississippi River to points as far east as Panama City, Fla.