Oil traders rush to ship oil from Louisiana as Harvey looms

by Frankie Norman August 31, 2017, 5:29
Oil traders rush to ship oil from Louisiana as Harvey looms

With the Motiva shutdown, Reuters reports that 19.6 percent of the country's refining capabilities have been closed due to Harvey.

But last night, the safety of that civic center was breached, too, according to KHOU. She had nearly 4 feet of water in her home. "We can't take the boats out right now". Freeman urged residents to get to higher ground and stay out of attics while emergency officials struggled to reach them.

The loss of refineries around Port Arthur, Texas, would leave only Louisiana refineries supplying fuel to NY and other demand centers.

"We need boats. We need whatever it takes", Sinegal said.

A spokeswoman for LOOP declined to comment when asked about the level of interest in using the port in recent days. That was as of (Wednesday) morning.

Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens tells the station that county resources can not get to Port Arthur because of the flooding and some residents have gone into survival mode.

A weaker Harvey replicated its devastating roll Wednesday, returning to shore with a deluge of rain that inundated homes and highways and left police and government officials struggling to pluck people from the water.

In early August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a warning that the failed levee "could compromise a portion of Jefferson County south of Beaumont - mainly Port Arthur and its surrounding refineries - if a tropical storm or hurricane hit the area".

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on the evening of August 25.

The brunt of the storm's impact has begun to shift to western Louisiana and, now, for Harris County, "the biggest challenge is going to get people back in their homes", Emmett said.

For much of the Houston area, forecasters said the rain is pretty much over.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said Wednesday that numerous rescues occurred in the county's unincorporated areas, Port Arthur, Central Gardens and the Hamshire-Fannett area. "The water is rising and it's coming there and it's no way to get to them". Just before the flood, he got a notice that his flood insurance premium had almost doubled to $5,300 a year.

The disastrous rainfall today led the National Weather Service to further extend a flash-flood emergency for the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur until 4:30 p.m. CT in anticipation of additional rain that morning. The tropical storm is expected to weaken and continue to the north.

"We have people who are on the second flood of their homes".

Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said Tuesday that when Harvey came back to shore, "it's the end of the beginning".


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