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Dozens of seniors rescued from Port Arthur nursing home

Dozens of seniors rescued from Port Arthur nursing home

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 18 percent, or 319,523 bpd, of current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut versus about 19 percent a day earlier, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

The largest oil refinery in the United States, shut down operations Wednesday amid massive flooding due to Hurricane Harvey.

The brunt of the storm's impact has begun to shift to western Louisiana and, now, for Harris County, "the biggest challenge is going to get people back in their homes", Emmett said.

The flooding from Harvey had caused the shutdown of more about 15 percent of the nation's refining capacity before Motiva's shutdown, sending gasoline prices higher.

Motiva, owned by a Saudi Arabian company, said it was temporarily shutting its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, which processes more than 600,000 barrels of oil per day.

At the same time, Exxon Mobil in the process of a "systematic" shutdown of several of its units at Beaumont, Texas, just north of Port Arthur, while a majority of operations at its Baytown, Texas, complex have been shut, Charlotte B. Huffaker, a company spokeswoman, said in an email Wednesday.

US gasoline futures on Tuesday rose 0.9 percent to $1.73 a gallon, and have jumped about 6 percent since last Wednesday's prestorm close.

Other refinery and chemical plant operators have reported releases due to Harvey, which came ashore as a hurricane but was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

Say hello to Irma, the next tropical storm to form in the eastern Atlantic.

Valero and Total also shuttered refineries near the Texas Gulf Coast as Harvey continues to swamp the region with water. The refinery, located near the Texas-Louisiana border and 80 some miles east of Houston, produces 603,000 barrels-per-day. US plants processed about 17.5 million barrels of oil a day the week ending August 18. A return to that level won't be quick or easy.

The flaring triggered messages on social media of a fire at the refinery, but Motiva confirmed there was no fire at the plant.

The affected refineries imported about 1.6 million barrels of oil a day past year, including 410,000 from Mexico, 380,000 from Saudi Arabia and 340,000 from Venezuela, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Coast Guard agencies from Southeast Texas have dispatched rescue helicopters after flooding from Harvey left residents in need.

Officials were forced to evacuate the shelter at the Bob Bower Civic Center in Port Arthur on Wednesday morning after it began to fill with water. That's up nearly 17 percent from settlement a week ago.


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