Hurricanes and Oil: The Hurricane Alex Effect, Weather Channel, July 22, 2010:
As the hurricane moves inland it will pick up particles of oil. That will become part of the sea spray that moves inland with the storm.
According to Chris Zappa, an oceanographer at Columbia University, we're likely to see a light coating of oil on electrical wires and trees. He likens it to standing in sea spray for a while. You'll walk away with a light sheen of salt water on your skin. Instead of salt water, it will feel like oil water. ...