10 September 2008 22:01 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The Port of Houston will close on Friday due to the threat of Hurricane Ike, the port said on Wednesday.
In a statement on its website, the Port Authority urged employees and tenants to prepare for a "possible weather event".
The Port Authority said it expected to be open on Monday, 15 September, at 07:00 ?xml:namespace>
Hurricane Ike could make landfall near Port Lavaca,
At 13:00 hours Houston time (18:00 GMT), Ike's eye was about 395 miles (636 km) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi river and moving northwest at 8 miles/hour, the US National Hurricane Center said.
Ike had sustained winds of 100 miles/hour, according to the centre.
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