Work on relief well stops as storm approaches

(CNN) — Remnants of what was Tropical Depression Five will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast late Wednesday or early Thursday and will stall the crucial work of permanently sealing BP’s ruptured oil well.

Permanently sealing the well in the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait about four days after the storm passes the site, the government’s point man in the Gulf said Wednesday.

As the heavy rains and gusty winds associated with the weakening tropical depression moved closer to the Gulf Coast Wednesday, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters crews were preparing for whatever weather was to come.

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