U.S. Gulf Refiners, Ports Assess Impacts from Nate

By Marianna Parraga and Rod Nickel HOUSTON/MOBILE, Ala., Oct 8 (Reuters) - Some oil ports, producers and refiners in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that shut facilities ahead of Hurricane Nate were planning reopenings as the storm moved inland on Sunday, away from most energy infrastructure on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm, which weakened to a tropical depression … [Read more...]

Tropical Storm Nate’s Winds Rapidly Weaken Over Alabama

By Rod Nickel (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Nate rapidly weakened as it moved over Alabama on Sunday, although the fast-moving former hurricane rattled the doors of Biloxi’s casinos and left gambling floors and highways in the region flooded after making its landfall in Mississippi. Its maximum sustained winds dropped to 45 miles per hour (70 km per hour) as it moved northeast … [Read more...]

Navy Pre-Positioning Ships, Coast Guard Closes Ports Ahead of Nate

The Navy has ordered the USS Iwo Jima and USS New York to get underway from their homeport in Mayport Oct. 7 to be in position to support the gulf coast region if needed in the aftermath of the hurricane. An update from the Navy however said that the departure of USS Iwo Jima from Naval Station Mayport is delayed due to a mechanical issue with the ship's propulsion … [Read more...]

Nate to Bring More Damages to Hurricane-Weary Region

By Brian K. Sullivan and Marvin G. Perez (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Nate, on track to strike near New Orleans overnight Saturday, may cause close to $1 billion in damage across Central America and the U.S., regions already battered by the most powerful month of hurricanes on record. Nate has triggered flooding and landslides in Central America, leaving at least … [Read more...]

Gulf of Mexico Operators Begin Shut-Ins Ahead of Tropical Storm Nate

By Ernest Scheyder and Marianna Parraga HOUSTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Oil and natural gas operators began evacuating staff and halting production at U.S. Gulf of Mexico platforms on Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, the second storm in as many months to rattle the Gulf Coast energy corridor. Nate, which has already killed at least 10 people in Costa Rica and Nicaragua … [Read more...]