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Gulf Coast states brace for latest dangerous storm

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Orlondo Matamoros | Octubre 08, 2017, 22:51

Some of the damage will be too great and will last too long. A warning is in effect from Morgan City, La., to the Florida panhandle.

Hurricane Nate is moving rapidly over the the central Gulf of Mexico as a Category 1 storm and is expected to strengthen, according to the National Hurricane Center. State officials are warning residents to be prepared, go over their emergency plans and make sure their emergency kits are well stocked. No watches or warnings are currently in effect for Southwest Louisiana.

Nate has been blamed for 22 deaths in Central America, the Associated Press said on Thursday.

The lack of a rally on Nate's approach suggests that perhaps "the risk premium is baked into the cake from the active hurricane season, which is going to be gone soon", said Richard Hastings, macro strategist at Seaport Global Securities in Charlotte.

"I have authorized 1300 National Guard troops to mobilize ahead of this storm, and we will position 15 National Guard troops to assist the city of New Orleans to monitor pumps", said Edwards. Offshore rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico account for 17% of the U.S. oil output and 4% of gas.

The greatest threat from this particular storm is not rain, but strong winds and storm surge, Landrieu said.

This eastward shift is obviously a welcome sign for residents of Acadiana as this will continue to minimize the impacts that we feel here locally and push the adverse weather further east.

BP, Chevron are shutting production at all Gulf platforms, while Shell and Anadarko Petroleum suspended some production and drilling activity in the Gulf. The hurricane veterans lost one home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and left the home they rebuilt after Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

Little has changed in the forecast for Nate with expected landfall around the Louisiana/Mississippi border during the early morning hours of Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane.

As a result of the forecast there are a multitude of watches and warnings along the Louisiana coastline including a Tropical Storm Watch from Vermilion Parish to Morgan City, including Lafayette Parish and St. Martin Parish. The economy will probably add some jobs as cleanups and construction hit full swing in October and November.

The storm is expected to remain a hurricane until 7 p.m. Sunday, and is on track to make landfall in the United States Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Sources told Reuters Shell was reducing output on Thursday at its 255,800-BPD Norco refinery and Phillips 66 was mulling the temporary shutdown of the 247,000-BPD Alliance refinery or placing it on standby.