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Harvey to drive up damage for Texas

Harvey was the strongest storm to hit the US since 2004

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Hurricane Harvey
Harvey is 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 | Photo: Reuters

As Harvey’s winds die down, trouble for may have just begun with forecasts for unprecedented flooding across the heart of energy production and in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

smashed ashore as a Category 4 on Friday near Rockport, Five deaths have been attributed to the storm, which has also halted about one-quarter of oil production in the and 5 per cent of refining capacity. Its second act could be worse as stalls and promises to dump more than 3 feet of rain onto 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 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 since 2004. After making landfall, it was downgraded to a tropical storm and came to a near-standstill near the town of Victoria, 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 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 crude overseas.

In addition to the energy threat, crops and livestock may struggle to cope with rising waters, while airlines have cancelled flights at multiple At least 1,140 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled Saturday from in Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Austin and San Antonio, according to FlightAware.

Economic Toll
  • 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 airports
  • At least 248,443 customers were without power across the state


First Published: Mon, August 28 2017. 02:36 IST
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