Post-Storm Analysis Upgrades Hurricane Michael to Cat 5 at Landfall

Post-storm analysis upgrades Hurricane Michael to a category 5 with sustained winds of 160 mph at landfall, making it the first hurricane to hit the U.S. as a cat 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  Scientists at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center conducted a detailed post-storm analysis on the available data for Hurricane Michael and have determined that the storm’s … [Read more...]

U.S. Oil Firms Restoring Operations in Storm-Battered Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Major oil producers and drillers, including Chevron Corp and BP Plc, on Thursday began returning crews to more than 90 offshore facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that were evacuated this week as Hurricane Michael moved through the Gulf. Production shut-ins that had temporarily halted 42 percent of Gulf oil output and nearly a third of natural … [Read more...]

Cajun Navy to the Rescue: Here’s How the Volunteer Relief Group Got Its Roots

(Southern Boating) - The Cajun Navy has entered popular vernacular, but what do we know about the group? The famed Cajun Navy came to be when a Former Louisiana state senator Nick Gautreaux pleaded for someone, anyone to assist after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Between 350 and 400 people and their boats answered the call. The makeshift flotilla rescued more than 10,000 people … [Read more...]

Hurricane Michael Shuts Nearly 40 Percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Output

HOUSTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday due to platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael. Since Monday, oil producers, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp , have evacuated personnel from 75 platforms as the storm made its way … [Read more...]

Gulf of Mexico Offshore Platforms Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane Michael

By Gary McWilliams and Liz Hampton HOUSTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Energy companies on Monday halted nearly a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated staff from 13 platforms as Hurricane Michael intensified and headed for a path up the eastern U.S. Gulf. Offshore producers including Anadarko Petroleum Corp , BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp evacuated workers from … [Read more...]