Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall tonight. Gulf coast ports are preparing for the hurricane which is expected to bring storm surge flooding, rainfall and wind hazards. Storm surge is expected to reach heights of 6 to 12 feet above ground level in some areas.
The National Weather Service has forecasted rain of 15 to 25 inches, with some areas in middle and upper Texas receiving up to 35 inches through next Wednesday. South Texas and Texas Hill Country to receive 7 to 15 inches, and up to 7 inches through southwest and central Louisiana.
Vessel traffic and cargo handling has stopped at Houston, Corpus Christi, Freeport, Galveston and Brownsville.
Vessel bookings are expected to be pushed back into next week, with scheduling delays on trucking capacity likely to occur for the next few weeks.
BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad have all warned customers to expect up to 3 days delays in shipments. In a statement from BNSF, “In advance of the storm, all inbound and outbound traffic form Galveston Island will cease later today. Trains destined for Galveston will be held and/or staged at various locations until further notice. Railcars are also being moved away from low-lying areas of the Texas Gulf Coast”.
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