Government, Business, Safety

Strengthening Nicholas Threatens to Hit Texas as Hurricane

Nicholas This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 12. (NOAA via Associated Press))

HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Nicholas gathered strength Sept. 13 and threatened to blow ashore in Texas as a hurricane that could bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana.

September 13, 2021
Business, Logistics

Louisiana Ports Shutdown May Impact Agriculture Exports

Corn The New Orleans area is important for truckers, says Iowa Trucking Association's Brenda Neville. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn is the biggest export crop in the state. (Paul Frangipane/Bloomberg News)

The ports of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and South Louisiana, vital in terms of shipping grain commodities worldwide, have been shut down, and there is no timetable for when they will reopen.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 31, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Energy Companies Begin to Assess Damage From Ida

Ida Homes flooded in the aftermath of Ida in Lafitte, La. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Louisiana communities battered by Ida faced a new danger as they began the massive task of clearing debris and repairing damage from the storm: the possibility of weeks without power in the stifling, late-summer heat.

August 31, 2021
Government, Safety, Logistics

Federal Response to Ida Includes Regulatory Relief for Truckers

Damaged pipes at Royal Dutch Shell facility in Louisiana Damaged pipes at the Royal Dutch Shell Norco Refinery in LaPlace, La, FMCSA has issued an emergency declaration that covers truckers involved in relief efforts in six states. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Hours-of-service flexibility for truckers involved in critical relief efforts is one element of the federal government’s response to Tropical Depression Ida.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 31, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Rails Brace for Gridlock After Ida Hammers New Orleans Hub

railroad tracks Getty Images

Hurricane Ida forced Kansas City Southern to shut its main line in Louisiana and has halted exchanges between railroads in New Orleans, which may worsen delays in a U.S. shipping industry that already is stretched thin.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

As Ida Leaves Gulf, Analysts Foresee Modest Economic Damage

Truck floating/Hurricane Ida An abandoned vehicle is half submerged in a ditch next to a near flooded highway in Bay Saint Louis, Miss. (Steve Helber/AP)

WASHINGTON — Hurricane Ida is sure to take a toll on the energy, chemical and shipping industries that have major hubs along the Gulf Coast. But the impact on the overall U.S. economy likely will be modest so long as damage estimates don’t rise sharply and refinery shutdowns are not prolonged, economists say.

Paul Wiseman and David Koenig | Associated Press
August 30, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

New Orleans Port Halts Container Terminals on Hurricane Ida

Containers Hurricane Ida in New Orleans. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The port of New Orleans has halted container terminal and break-bulk operations as Hurricane Ida lashes the Louisiana coast with torrential rain and heavy winds.

Ann Koh | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Gas Price Pain Ahead if Refiners Face Restart Struggle After Ida

Ida Motorists drive down Canal Street as Hurricane Ida makes landfall in New Orleans. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Some U.S. motorists who had been expecting an end-of-summer relief for gasoline prices should start bracing for higher costs at the pump in the coming days due to Hurricane Ida.

August 30, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Ida Aims Hurricane Strike at Louisiana on Katrina’s Anniversary

New Orleans Homes in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. (Bryan Tarnowski/Bloomberg News)

Hurricane Ida is taking aim on New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Katrina, one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history.

August 27, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Henri’s Remnants Hinder Cleanup, Threaten Inland Floods

Flooding in Helmetta, NJ Emergency personnel and first responders look to help any residents in need after heavy rains from Henri flooded Helmetta, N.J., on Aug. 22. (Chris Slavicek via AP)

The slow and sprawling storm system named Henri drenched much of the inland Northeast with rain Aug. 23, hampering cleanup efforts and threatening further flooding in areas with ground already saturated from a wet summer.

David Porter and Dave Collins | Associated Press
August 23, 2021