NEW ORLEANS (

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) --Tropical Storm Alex's path early Monday could take it away from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alex re-strengthened into a Tropical Storm on Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service,

CNN

reports.

The storm is expected to steer clear of oil-affected areas.

"We think the storm is going to stay on a more southern track. That would be good news because it would avoid the area near the oil spill," said Todd Kimberlain of the National Hurricane Center,

CNN

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reports.

But Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager, said, ""We all know the weather is unpredictable, and we could have a sudden last-minute change."

If Alex forces a work stoppage at the ruptured

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well, officials fear that as much as 2.5 million gallons of oil could flow into the gulf for two weeks,

CNN

reports.

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