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Latest update on Tropical Storm Harvey (30 August)
Aug 30 2017



Tropical Storm Harvey continues to produce heavy rain across eastern Texas and Louisiana that has led to significant flooding. Harvey will continue to impact the region throughout this week with an additional 6 to 13 inches of rain expected to fall, which will worsen the flooding in some areas.

 

This storm has dropped as much as 43 inches (1.1 meters) of water across Houston since last Friday (25 August) and up to 52 inches (1.32 meters) in other adjacent areas near Highlands, Texas.

 

IMPACT ON SHIPPING

(as at Tuesday 29 August)

 

Ports in the path of Harvey remain closed to deep draft vessels. This is expected to last all week and most likely continue into next week, depending on additional rainfall, damage assessments, restoration efforts and flood drainage. The Army Corps of Engineers are busy conducting channel surveys, while facilities are doing damage assessments and reports. Area port pilots are also carefully monitoring conditions.

 

As at 28 August, 22 oil tankers carrying approximately 15.3 million barrels of imported crude oil near Texas ports are unable to offload due to port closures. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) facilities are currently reporting normal operations. LOOP is executing its Inclement Weather Plan.

 

The following table of information is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

 Status of Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast Ports

  as at 3:00PM EDT 29/08/2017

Port

Status

Date Stamp

Sector Corpus Christi

Brownsville

Open.

08/26/17

Corpus Christi

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

Port is assessing damage.

Working to restore normal operations by 9/4.

08/28/17

Sector Houston and Galveston

Freeport

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

To remain at Zulu for next 48 hours.

08/28/17

Galveston

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

To remain at Zulu for next 48 hours.

08/28/17

Houston

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

To remain at Zulu for next 48 hours.

08/28/17

Texas City

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

To remain at Zulu for next 48 hours.

08/28/17

Sector Port Arthur and Lake Charles

Beaumont

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

08/28/17

Lake Charles

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

08/28/17

Nederland

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

08/28/17

Orange

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

08/28/17

Port Arthur

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

08/28/17

Port Neches

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

08/28/17

Sabine Pass

Port Condition Zulu. Closed.

08/28/17

 

This closure to deep draft vessels affects all ports from Lake Charles, LA southwest to Corpus Christi, Texas. This range includes the port areas of Lake Charles, Beaumont, Pt. Arthur, Galveston, Texas City, Houston, Baytown, Freeport, Port Lavaca, Point Comfort and Corpus Christi.

 

There is a drill ship grounded in the Corpus Christi ship channel at Aransas Pass. Until that vessel is moved, no deep-draft vessels will be moving in the ship channel. A salvage company has been contracted to carry out an assessment.

 

Other Louisiana ports on the Mississippi River are open and currently operating normally.

 

AIR TRANSPORTATION

(as at Tuesday 29 August)

 

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Air Force Base (near NASA’s Johnson Space Center) remain closed to all but humanitarian flights until further notice. Officials have said that it is too early to announce when they’ll reopen.

 
 


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