Heavy rain threat from Isaac to spread inland over next few days - NHC

30 August 2012 04:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The heavy rain threat from Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to spread inland during the next few days, with water levels to remain high along the northern gulf coast, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest update.

"Even though Isaac is no longer a hurricane, life-threatening hazards from storm surge and inland flooding are still occurring," the NHC said.

At 11:00 hours Singapore time (03:00 GMT), Isaac was about 70 miles (110 kilometres) northwest of New Orleans, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles/hour, the centre said.

Isaac was moving northwest at 6 miles/hour, it added.

So far, the levees protecting New Orleans are holding, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains the system.

Hurricanes can disrupt the North American petrochemical industry, since oil and gas production is concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico and many of the country's refineries and petrochemical plants are on the US Gulf coast.

Several Louisiana petrochemical plants and refineries reduced operating rates or shut down in preparation for the storm. 

As of Wednesday, about 94.7% of the current daily oil production in the US Gulf of Mexico remained shut in, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Around 71.6% of the current daily natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico is shut in.


By: Nurluqman Suratman



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