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Slick could spread as far as Cape Hatteras

Oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico could float around Florida and up the U.S. East Coast as far as North Carolina, the National Center for Atmospheric Research announced Thursday.

Citing computer models, scientists at the federally funded center said in a statement that the oil could reach Florida's Atlantic Coast within weeks and could move as far north as Cape Hatteras, N.C.

"I've had a lot of people ask me, 'Will the oil reach Florida?,' " NCAR scientist Synte Peacock said in the statement. "Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood."

Click here for the full report with animation model showing the spreading slick.