29 August 2012 03:19 [Source: ICIS news]
According to the NHC’s latest update at 09:00 hours Singapore time (01:00 GMT), Isaac’s centre was about 75 miles (120km) southeast of New Orleans and was packing in maximum sustained winds of 80 miles/hour.
A storm surge of 9.5 feet (2.9 metres) was recently reported at a Shell Beach, Louisiana, while a storm surge of 5.7 feet was observed at
“The centre of the hurricane will continue to move near or over the southern coast of
Isaac, now a category one hurricane, may strengthen further before it moves inland and weakens gradually, according to the NHC.
The hurricane has forced oil production in the US Gulf of Mexico to drop by more than 90%, with several petrochemical plants and refineries have either reduced operating rates or shut down in preparation for Hurricane Isaac.
Hurricanes can disrupt the North American petrochemical industry, since oil and gas production is concentrated in the
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