One of the many hazards exposed by Hurricane Harvey occurred in Crosby, Texas, when the Arkema chemical plant suffered fires and small explosions on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Floodwaters caused the fires by penetrating the facility and shutting down the cooling systems designed to stabilize 500,000 pounds of highly flammable materials inside. This ultimately caused a mandatory evacuation for all residents within a 1.5-mile radius of the plant. Local news outlets reported that Arkema had no plan in place for six feet of flooding and its last risk assessment was submitted in 2013.With Hurricane Irma being tracked at 175 miles per hour in the Caribbean, it is possible that chemical plants in the path of destruction—including Florida and the southeastern United States—may face a similar scenario. Regardless of the location of your plant, here are some tips that can help reduce potential business interruption and physical injury during a major natural disaster:Update … [Read more...] about Post-Harvey Lessons For Chemical Plant Managers
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EPA has an organized emergency response program for responding to man-made and natural disasters and is positioned to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state, local, and tribal partners in response to Hurricane Harvey. “I am in regular contact with EPA Region 6 and want to commend them for their leadership and preparation,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA is closely coordinating with state and regional partners, and we have teams standing by to support FEMA. EPA is ready to respond to anything that may occur due to Hurricane Harvey.” EPA headquarters emergency operations center is monitoring the storm closely and making preparations to activate in order to support states and regions affected by the storm. EPA’s Region 6 office in Dallas is taking action to ensure that Superfund sites are secured in advance of the storm, to assist approximately 300 public drinking water system rapid assessments, and … [Read more...] about EPA Ready to Support FEMA, State Efforts on Hurricane Harvey
Share Tweet Email eye on the gulf Share: Share Tweet Email Share: Share Tweet Email KTRK HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- We now have our first forecast from the National Hurricane Center. The still undeveloped disturbance in the Gulf is expected to make landfall along the Gulf coast this weekend as Hurricane Barry. Uncertainty remains very high and Houston is in the forecast cone of uncertainty.The National Hurricane Center releases the newest forecast information at 4 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Download the ABC13 news app and subscribe to weather push alerts to receive the most immediate information direct to your phone.This potential tropical weather system will bring heavy rains and winds to the US Gulf Coast. Although many computer models have shifted the landfall of the center towards Louisiana, we could still feel some of its effects.If there are any direct impacts to southeast Texas, it won't be until Friday at … [Read more...] about Hurricane predicted to make landfall this weekend
News / World by Press Association 13/09/2018, 1:54 pm Updated: 13/09/2018, 1:56 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence have begun lashing North Carolina as the monster storm moves nearer to the coast. Florence’s top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 140mph to 110mph which reduced the hurricane’s power from Category 4 to Category 2. However, forecasters warned the widening storm, and its likelihood of lingering along the coast for several days, raises the risk of surging ocean water and torrential rain. “For a meandering storm, the biggest concern — as we saw with Harvey — is the huge amount of rainfall,” said Chris Landsea, head of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Centre. As of 8am local time, it was centred about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 220 miles … [Read more...] about Rain and wind from Hurricane Florence begin lashing US coast
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