Largest Oil Refinery in US Shutdown by Harvey


KFDM-TV reports the situation in Port Arthur is dire as homes were expected to fill with rising floodwaters and residents unsure of how to evacuate the city.

Port Arthur has already gotten 40 inches of rain.

The outside of the Motiva oil refinery in Port Arthur, TX is seen here. The local CBS affiliate reports that there are no resources for water rescues in the city as a wall of water descends on its residents.

The Beaumont/Port Arthur area in Texas, where several large refiners are located, has seen more rain in the last 24 hours in than any other part of the region since the storm began late last week, according to David Roth, meteorologist at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

"The slow moving nature of the storm will likely lead to these shutdowns continuing in coming days and may generate persistent damage as well", Damien Courvalin, Managing Director-Senior Commodity Strategist & Head of Energy, Agriculture Research, said according to Business Insider. More than 13,000 rescues have happened since Harvey hit.

The confirmed death toll from Hurricane Harvey is at least eight, including a Houston police officer who drowned inside his vehicle, trapped by flood waters.

"But we're going to rebuild, Port Arthur", Freeman said.

More refinery closures could come as the storm has made landfall in Louisiana, which has 3.3 million barrels of refining capacity.

Port Arthur city officials did not call for evacuations earlier Tuesday.

"It's a lot of water and we're trying to get to higher ground".

When Harvey evacuees in Port Arthur, Texas, reached refuge from the catastrophic flooding in Bob Bower Civic Center they thought they had escaped the storm's worst. "They're riding it out, and they're waiting for the waters to go down", Emmett, who is also the director of Texas' Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said in an interview today with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America".

Harvey made landfall for the second time about 5 miles west of Cameron with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

"Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming!" They're warning people not to leave their homes.

Some people were being moved to the Carl A Parker Multipurpose Center.

McLellan says it's not clear where the evacuees will go.