Refineries in Houston and Texas City process 2.3 million barrels of crude oil or 13.5 percent of daily U.S. refining capacity. The Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas, refineries account for another 1.1 million barrels in refining capacity.
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Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:53 AM ET
My sister and family reside in Houston. She told me tonight that its a 4 hour drive from Galveston to Houston, which usually is a 1 hour drive. Travel time from Houston to Dallas is now about 10 hours. The area has run out of gas. No more plywood available for boarding windows. They live on the north side of Houston so will ride out the storm. Looks like the strike will occur between Galveston and Corpus Christi. Expecting gas prices to jump by $2 a gallon by Friday. The worst case for the US economy is a hit on Galveston. If it misses and hits Corpus Christi thats bad but not as devestating to the energy infrastructure. My sister has a resort property on Galveston called Seascape, which I thought was very appropriate for what it would look like on Sat morning. Sis thought I was being insensitive. Me insensitive ?
THE ONSET OF HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED AT THE COAST BY LATE
FRIDAY EVENING. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE THEN EXPECTED TO SPREAD
INLAND THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF FRIDAY NIGHT AND INTO SATURDAY
AN INLAND HURRICANE WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS. THIS MEANS SUSTAINED WINDS GREATER THAN 74 MPH ARE POSSIBLE
OVER ALL OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS.
THE IMPACTS FOR SUSTAINED WINDS OF 70 TO 90 MPH WITH GUSTS 100 TO 110
MPH ARE AS FOLLOWS...
VERY DANGEROUS WINDS WILL PRODUCE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. DESTRUCTION OF
MOBILE HOMES ARE LIKELY!
THE MAJORITY OF MOBILE HOMES MAY BE SEVERELY DAMAGED. THOSE THAT
SURVIVE COULD BE UNINHABITABLE. HOUSES OF POOR TO AVERAGE
CONSTRUCTION MAY RECEIVE MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING PARTIAL WALL
COLLAPSE AND ROOFS BEING LIFTED OFF. MANY COULD BE UNINHABITABLE.
WELL CONSTRUCTED HOUSES MAY INCUR MINOR DAMAGE TO SHINGLES...SIDING...
GUTTERS...AND BLOWN OUT WINDOWS. UP TO ONE QUARTER OF GABLED ROOFS
PARTIAL ROOF FAILURE IS POSSIBLE AT INDUSTRIAL PARKS...ESPECIALLY TO
THOSE BUILDINGS WITH LIGHT WEIGHT STEEL AND ALUMINUM COVERINGS. OLDER
LOW RISING APARTMENT ROOFS MAY ALSO BE TORN OFF...AS WELL AS RECEIVING
SIDING AND SHINGLE DAMAGE. UP TO ONE QUARTER OF ALL GLASS IN HIGH
RISE OFFICE BUILDINGS MAY BE BLOWN OUT. AIRBORNE DEBRIS MAY CAUSE
DAMAGE...INJURY...AND POSSIBLE FATALITIES.
ALL TREES WITH ROTTING BASES MAY UPROOT OR SNAP. NEARLY ALL LARGE
BRANCHES SHOULD SNAP. BETWEEN ONE QUARTER AND ONE HALF OF HEALTHY
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TREES MAY BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.
8 TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN...WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS...IS EXPECTED
THROUGH THE DURATION OF THE EVENT. INLAND FLOODING IS LIKELY FRIDAY
NIGHT AND SATURDAY.
FOR MORE TROPICAL WEATHER INFORMATION...SEE THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER WEB PAGE AT HTTP://WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV OR THE HOUSTON/GALVESTON
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB PAGE AT HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/HGX
If you live in a trailer park, you'll be living in a church hall for a while....oh, and a foot of rain.....
The latest figures from the NWS is 175 mph winds with gusts to 213 mph, and a pressure of 897 mb, which makes it the 3rd most powerful storm on record. It's expected to hit the Galveston-Houston area as a category 4. This one is even worse than Katrina. Galveston has a 15 foot seawall, but the expected storm surge will easily surmount that.