Evacuated Harvey Victims Along Texas Coast Re-Evacuated as Shelter Floods

02 September, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Hurricane Harvey caused shut down of the largest crude refinery in the United States on Tuesday, according to reports that cited sources familiar with operations.

Over 26 inches of rain was recorded at the airport near Port Arthur, Texas, on Tuesday alone, and residents in the area were desperate to escape. Wiping out more than 4 million barrels a day from that would cut processing to the lowest level since Hurricane Ike. Yesterday, blasts rocked the facility, about 25 miles east of Houston and zoned off inside a 1.5-mile (2.4-km) exclusion zone, after it was engulfed by floodwater.

Bossert estimated that 100,000 homes had been affected by flooding and said the White House would be asking Congress for emergency Harvey funds. One of the largest oil companies in the world, ExxonMobil said the plant was closed after the company discovered damage at the roof of the plant.

More than 25% of US refining capacity is located toward the Texas coast.

It's expected to fizzle to a tropical depression by Wednesday night, but the danger is far from over.

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Until then, deliveries will be intermittent and dependent upon supplies from refineries and storage terminals. A crucial artery in the nation's fuel supply network, it provides almost 40 percent of the south's gasoline.

Gasoline prices fell for the first time in nearly two weeks, after rising 25 percent last month, as traders assessed the impact of Tropical Storm Harvey.

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

Now that Harvey has moved east from south Texas, Valero Energy Corp., Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Flint Hills Resources LLC are preparing to restart those Corpus Christi refineries, according to regulatory filings and people familiar who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. Another 19 remained missing.

Shelters across the state filled with people who were desperately waiting to hear some news from close ones stuck in the floodwaters and also about their own homes, according to the publication.

The observation point at the regional airport shows a rain total in the past 24 hours that "appears to exceed anything reported around Houston within 24 hours during Harvey's passage", Roth said. Dump trucks are being sent out to help find people, he said.

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Some signs of normal life returned to Houston, the nation's fourth most populous city.

The Houston Astros baseball team, forced to play away from the city due to the floods, will return and play at its home field on Saturday.

In Houston, where Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a nighttime curfew to aid search efforts and thwart potential looting, the two major airports have reopened on a limited basis, signaling a slow return to normality.

Still, analysts predict drivers will see slightly higher gasoline prices due to restrictions on supply.

Overnight the AAA said retail gasoline prices were up to $2.404 per gallon of regular gasoline nationwide, a six-cent increase from a week ago.

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"Hundreds, if not thousands of people are stranded because of high water", Jeff Branick, a senior administrator in Jefferson County, told the Beaumont Enterprise.

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