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Vice President Joe Biden will head to the Gulf on Tuesday to see how oil spill efforts are going. National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen, announced the trip to New Orleans and the Florida panhandle during today's briefing.

Also in that briefing, Adm. Allen said siphoning efforts would be stopped in the event gale-force winds are in the forecast. When possible, operations would stop five days before the winds are predicted to hit.