Hurricane Beryl’s path: find out which US cities will be affected

He National Hurricane Center (CNH) of USA issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for parts of the Texas coastal region due to the approach of the tropical storm Beryl.

For southern Texas, the Florida-based forecaster expects strong winds, accompanied by thunderstorms and torrential rain.

Beryl It is located about 385 miles (619.6 km) southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (96 km/h), the report said. CNH in a notice.

Alarms in oil ports

On the other hand, the United States Coast Guard warned of possible port closures in Texas from Corpus Christi to Houston due to Storm Beryl. This measure could temporarily disrupt crude oil shipments to refineries and fuel shipments from those plants.

Shell completed the evacuation of workers from its Perdido production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, in the area regulated by USAdue to the proximity of Beryl, the company said. It also evacuated employees from the Whale platform, which is scheduled to begin production at the end of this year.

Beryl is notable for being the first hurricane recorded in this year’s Atlantic season. Photo: AFP

Gibson Energywhich operates a large oil terminal in Corpus Christisaid operations were continuing but it would take further action based on forecasts. Chevron Corp, one of the largest offshore oil producers in the United States, said on Friday that production from its assets remained at normal levels. It also said it had evacuated non-essential personnel from some of its facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico, which amounts to about 1.8 million barrels per day, represents approximately 14% of total crude oil production. USAaccording to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Any impact on supply could push up prices for U.S. crude and offshore crude.

The first hurricane of the season

Beryl It is the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season and, at its peak earlier this week, became the earliest Category 5 storm on record. A hurricane of this magnitude brings winds of 155 mph (251 km/h) or more, capable of causing catastrophic damage.

During its passage through the Caribbean, the storm affected several countries, including Jamaica, Saint Vincent, Grenada and the Cayman Islands, leaving a trail of destruction and at least a dozen deaths.

Beryl stood out as the earliest Category 5 storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, reaching this level early in the season. Photo: AFP

In Mexico, Beryl The storm caused the cancellation of more than a hundred flights from Cancun airport, one of the main air terminals in the Caribbean, and the closure of nearby ports. Several Mexican authorities welcomed the fact that no casualties had been reported.

In late October, Otis, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to make landfall in Mexico, hit Acapulco after rapidly strengthening in the Pacific Ocean. The political opposition blamed the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the hundreds of deaths and missing people and the trail of destruction, claiming that they minimized the possible impact of the cyclone and only warned the population a few hours before it made landfall with unusual force.

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