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Texas Refiners Spared by Harvey Sweat Storm's Second Round

The area of Lake Charles, Louisiana is expecting severe flooding from Harvey as it made landfall on the border between Louisiana and Texas early Wednesday. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Harvey was blowing maximum sustained winds of around 45 miles per hour and was forecast to turn northeast, approaching the southwest Louisiana coast Wednesday.

The storm has displaced over a million people, with 44 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston, swelled river levels to record highs and knocked out the drinking water supply in Beaumont, Texas, a city of about 120,000 people.

Jessica Richard, 24, said she had waited out the storm in her home in Port Arthur until the morning, when water on her street rose to waist-high.

"We've got probably [30,000] to 40,000 homes that have been destroyed", Emmett added.

A shelter in Port Arthur had to be evacuated after the water came inside, and residents such as Julia Chatham remain trapped in their homes.

Seventy per cent of Harris County, which encompasses Houston and has a population of about 4.6 million people, was covered with 18 inches (45cm) or more of water, county officials said. "They need to get some water and feed today".

Heavy rainfall over the Greater Houston area in Texas has seen 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in United States refining output shuttered since Friday (25 August), and Harvey's second landfall resulted in the phased closure of the Port Arthur refinery.

A Judge in Jefferson County, Jeff Branick, told a local news reporter, Liz Teitz, that hundreds if not thousands of people were stranded on their roofs, on top of cars and in attics. The NHC expects the storm's center to "move across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley through Thursday".

But risky flooding will continue from Houston all the way into southwestern Louisiana for the rest of the week, the National Weather Service said.

That area is home to close to 8.5% of all refining capacity in the USA and had heavy rainfall on Tuesday that caused extensive flooding.

Gasoline futures were up 6.5 percent early on Wednesday, due to deepening concerns over a fuel shortage that has also pushed retail prices up across the nation and particularly in the U.S. South and Southwest.

He said on his Facebook page that Port Arthur "is underwater right now but we are coming!"

County officials had to shut down rescue operations at nightfall and the local sheriff says resources can't get through because of the high water.

The college's public information coordinator, Gerry Dickert, told CNBC that he and Athletic Director Scott Street are both trapped in their homes from flooding and can not assist evacuees at the Carl Parker Center.

"Due to flooding and potential power supply interruption, Valero's Port Arthur refinery has shut down in a safe, controlled manner". The National Weather Service was forecasting 1 to 2 inches of additional rainfall in the region Wednesday morning.

A civic center in nearby Beaumont, like many facilities in eastern Texas, is already filled up with residents.

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