Refinery and Chemical Processing operations along the Texas Gulf Coast were gearing up and hunkering down in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, which was forecast to make landfall on Friday.


Harvey, which had strengthened into a category 1 hurricane as of mid-day on Thursday, with top winds of nearly 85 miles per hour, was expected to continue strengthening into a major hurricane before hitting the mid-Texas coast Friday night or earlier Saturday morning. A hurricane warning was issued for the coast from Port Mansfield to Matagorda, Texas. The National Hurricane Center said a storm surge warning was issued for Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. In addition to generating a dangerous storm surge, Harvey is likely to dump 12 to 20 inches of rain over the middle and upper Texas coast through next Wednesday, with isolated maximum amounts of 30 inches.


Widespread evacuations were ordered along the coast ahead of the hurricane, including Calhoun and San Patricio counties.
The Texas Gulf Coast is home to 17 major refinery complexes with a combined capacity of about 4.7 million barrels per day, according to Industrial Info’s plant database. It is also home to more than 130 petrochemical plants.


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