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Refineries reduce runs in wake of Isaac; truckers urged to take precautions

A number of offshore oil production rigs have shut down in production and shipping lanes and ports have been closed.

The Trucker News Services

8/28/2012

The Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) reports that almost a dozen oil refineries have reduced runs or put processing units into non-production mode until the danger from Isaac lessens and a truck lobbying group warns truckers to take precautions ahead of the storm.

A number of offshore oil production rigs  have shut down in production and shipping lanes and ports have been closed.

The storm has been upgraded to a category I hurricane with winds reaching 75-mph.

The American Trucking Associations has urged truck drivers, as well as motorists to take appropriate precautions ahead of Hurricane Isaac, including planning to avoid areas in the storm’s path and following the instructions of local, state and federal authorities.

“As we continue to monitor the track of path of Isaac . . . we advise that all drivers, commercial and commuter alike, make good travel decisions,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “No trip, and no delivery, is worth putting yourself or others in harm’s way.”

Graves also encourages truckers, as well as all residents in Isaac’s path to follow the instructions of emergency planners.

“If you’re advised to evacuate, do so in a quick and orderly fashion,” he said. “As a former governor, I know that officials do not issue evacuation orders lightly, so if you are told to go, it is for a reason.”

Once the storm passes, the trucking industry is ready to assist in the cleanup and recovery efforts.

“Every day, trucking delivers life’s essentials,” Graves said. “After the storm clears and the waters recede, the industry is poised to deliver food, water, fuel and other critical relief supplies to those in the greatest need.”

For more information, ATA encourages people to visit Ready.gov or http://www.redcross.org/. Also, for carriers interested in assisting in post-incident relief efforts, please visit the American Logistics Aid Network at http://www.alanaid.org/  or go to trucking.org.

The storm is expected to make landfall by Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

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The NHC said the combination of storm surge and tide could cause flooding in normally dry areas. If the peak surge were to occur at high tide, southeast Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see water at 6 to 12 feet and south- central Louisiana could see 3 to 6 feet. The Florida Panhandle could see 3 to 6 feet, while the state's western coast and southeast Florida could see 1 to 3 feet.

Significant rainfall on top of the storm surge will heighten the risk of flooding in low-lying areas. Some 7 to 14 inches is expected, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches in southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the far western tip of the Florida Panhandle.

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