Hurricane Laura spotted from International Space Station

Katie Ramirez
September 11, 2020

Three to five feet of storm surge is possible as Laura approaches the northern Gulf.

Voluntary evacuations were issued for parts of Houston Tuesday.

The mandatory evacuations will be continued until Wednesday night, according to officials. "The waters are very warm where the storm is now and will be for the entire path up until the Gulf Coast". The state is providing buses for transportation of residents from the coast to the shelters.

Still, officials in those states implored residents to maintain their vigilance on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Laura continued to gain strength while bounding toward them. He said to evacuation and leave with all family members and pets. The first wind and rain should begin to reach the area Wednesday afternoon and deteriorate from there.

A hurricane watch is in effect from Port Bolivar in Texas to west of Morgan City, Louisiana.

The impact on refineries so far is less than Hurricane Harvey, whose drenching rains took down almost one quarter of us refining capacity three years ago.

"We learned a lot from Hurricane Harvey but you can not compare Harvey, with what we are dealing in this particular case", Turner said.

Ahead of the storm, crude exports last week rose by the most since February 2019 to almost 3.4 million barrels per day, U.S. Energy Information Administration data showed on Wednesday.

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Laura is moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour, with landfall possible between western Louisiana and eastern Texas, the center says.

City officials said they do not expect Laura to be another Hurricane Harvey or Tropical Strom Imelda.

The storm downed trees, ripped away flimsy roofs and caused minor flooding on Sunday evening, reports say.

"Today's strength was again nearly entirely attributable to storm concerns", said Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates in Galena, Illinois, noting the storm factor would likely overshadow the weekly storage report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

However, the situation is made harder with the pandemic.

"You have to get ready today", Graham told residents via Facebook Tuesday, in a late-morning update.

Edwards lamented that the impending storm meant suspension of community testing for COVID-19 at a crucial time as elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana are opening and students are returning to college campuses.

Total, Motiva and Valero confirmed the shutdowns, and a Valero spokeswoman said it also was reviewing the risks to its Texas City, plant southeast of Houston.

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