As Harvey’s winds die down, trouble for Texas
may have just begun with forecasts for unprecedented flooding across the heart of US
energy production and in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.
smashed ashore as a Category 4 hurricane
on Friday near Rockport, Texas.
Five deaths have been attributed to the storm, which has also halted about one-quarter of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico
and 5 per cent of US
refining capacity. Its second act could be worse as Harvey
stalls and promises to dump more than 3 feet of rain onto Texas
for the next few days.
“This is catastrophic,” said Greg Waller, a service coordination hydrologist with the National Weather Service’s West Gulf River Forecast Centre in Fort Worth. “When we say record setting it means you cannot use history on your side because the rivers have never been this high before.”
Damage from the initial strike won’t tell the whole story, said Chuck Watson, director of research and development, at Enki Holdings in Savannah, Georgia. “If it was a traditional hurricane
it would be a $2 billion storm, maybe $3 billion, but that is not what this storm is about,” Watson said.
was the strongest storm to hit the US
since 2004. After making landfall, it was downgraded to a tropical storm and came to a near-standstill near the town of Victoria, Texas.
At least two deaths have been reported, a toll that’s expected to rise as emergency crews were yet to reach some of the hardest-hit areas, the Associated Press reported.
is flooding a region that has a cluster of refineries that process 5 million barrels of oil a day. About 1 million barrels a day of crude and condensate refining capacity in Texas
have been shut by companies including Valero Energy Corp, according to company statements, government releases and people familiar with the situation. Its path through the Gulf shuttered 24 per cent of oil production, along with the port of Corpus Christi, which ships the largest amount of US
In addition to the energy threat, crops and livestock may struggle to cope with rising waters, while airlines have cancelled flights at multiple Texas airports.
At least 1,140 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled Saturday from Texas airports
in Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Austin and San Antonio, according to FlightAware.
Harvey is flooding a region that has a cluster of refineries that process 5 million barrels of oil a day
Crops and livestock may struggle to cope with rising waters
At least 1,140 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled on Saturday from Texas airports
At least 248,443 customers were without power across the state