Gasoline spikes after Harvey shuts down Gulf Coast refineries

Gasoline spikes after Harvey shuts down Gulf Coast refineries

The storm returned to land about 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of Cameron with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph).

The area, already enduring heavy rain before Harvey's latest landfall, appeared overwhelmed by flash floods.

Tom Dickers is just one of many people who came hauling their boats from Dallas and San Antonio to evacuate people ever since Harvey began pounding the city with rain. From her home in a northeast Houston suburb, Allen said she has seen neighbors get airlifted as she slowly runs out of food.

"We're getting 911 and rescue calls, but there's nothing we can do", Stephens told KFDM.

Also, the water in two reservoirs that protect downtown Houston from flooding was likely to crest Wednesday at levels slightly below those that were forecast, officials said. Still, the Coast Guard is taking more than 1,000 calls per hour from people needing rescue.

Fifteen Harris County sheriff's deputies were hospitalized, but the smoke they inhaled was not believed to be toxic, the department said.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office urged people awaiting rescue to "hang a towel or sheet prominently" for rescuers to see because addresses are hard to spot.

The tropical storm is expected to weaken and continue moving to the north and east across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley through Thursday.

Bossert estimated that 100,000 homes had been affected by flooding and said the White House would be asking Congress for emergency Harvey funds.

"Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in south-eastern Texas and portions of south-western Louisiana", the National Hurricane Center warned in an advisory early on Wednesday.




That area is home to close to 8.5% of all refining capacity in the US and had heavy rainfall on Tuesday that caused extensive flooding.

The situation became serious in eastern Texas today.

"I got a dog and three cats, and a calf shut up in the trailer where they can t get no water or feed or nothing", he said. He also urged residents to get to higher ground and to avoid becoming trapped in attics.

Motiva's decision follows a move by ExxonMobil (XOM) to shut down its oil refinery in Baytown, Texas on Sunday citing the discovery of roof damage at the plant which is the second-largest in the country - as the reason for their move.

"We're stuck in the house, six kids, one adult mom is disabled and oldest child is on medication ...water is knee high in the house and about 10 inches or less away from the wall power outlets", one resident wrote in a post on the page.

Local station KJAC reported that the Bob Bower Civil Center in Port Arthur was underwater.

The EOM said they had to suspend water rescue operations until daylight, even while water continued to rise. Police arrived on scene at about 2:20 p.m.

More than 25% of USA refining capacity is located toward the Texas coast.

There were reports by local officials of as many as 30 deaths.

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