Expect Tar Balls in Miami, Fort Lauderdale
But most of the Eastern Seaboard should be safe
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2010 9:54 AM CDT
Tar balls and oily residue sits in patches and stains the sand in Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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(Newser) – The bad news is that the Florida Keys, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale have a good chance—from 61% to 80%—of seeing tar balls wash ashore as a result of the Gulf spill. The good news is that the rest of the Eastern seaboard should be safe, predicts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA adds that it's "increasingly unlikely" that anything above North Carolina gets hit, reports the Los Angeles Times.