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Local couple reports change in the Gulf

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By SAM HATCHERThe Wilson Post

Things have changed in the Gulf.

On Tuesday a local couple vacationing at Orange Beach near Gulf Shores, Ala., reported to The Wilson Post that the resort area was essentially clear of any oil from the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.

On Wednesday, Dr. Larimore Warren and his wife Wendi called and said things had changed overnight.

According to Larimore, the early morning tide on Wednesday apparently brought in the first appearance of oil at Orange Beach.

He said when they looked out from their hotel Wednesday morning they could see “a line of tar balls” that he described as looking like old oil with an almost orange cast.

He said the tar balls ranged in size from a nickel to an orange but were “of course flattened out” as they were situated on the beach.

He and Wendi arrived at Orange Beach on Sunday night. They said when they first got out of their car there was a slight smell of something like lighter fluid that they believed at the time was a result of oil gathering in the Gulf.

But, they said on Monday and Tuesday there was no indication of oil anywhere in the area. They said there was no odor of oil and no oil to be seen on the beach.

However, the story changed on Wednesday.

Now the Warrens are saying that oil has arrived at Gulf Shores and they urged those looking at vacationing in the area to call first before making the eight-hour or so drive.

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