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Auburn player asks for prayers for flooded hometown in Texas

Auburn player asks for prayers for flooded hometown in Texas

A Motiva spokeswoman was not immediately available to discuss operations at the refinery. For now, 12News reports, they've fled to the bleachers in the Civic Center to escape the water. It is expected to bring winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour and a 2- to 4-foot storm surge in the area. The local CBS affiliate reports that there are no resources for water rescues in the city as a wall of water descends on its residents.

With whatever they could pack into their suitcases and stuff into bulging plastic garbage bags, Port Arthur, Texas evacuees headed to their city's Bob Bower Civic Center over the weekend to ride out the storm and stay dry as rising flood waters threatened their neighborhoods. We need air boats.

In Beaumont, a man who accidentally drove a truck into a flooded ravine that looked like a street was rescued by CNN correspondent Drew Griffin, producer Brian Rokus and photographer Scott Pisczek on Wednesday. "We can't take the boats out right now".

With the shutdown of the Motiva refinery, 19.6 percent or 3.65 million bpd of USA refining capacity will be shut due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Motiva, owned by Saudi Aramco started its controlled shutdown of a facility in Port Arthur early Wednesday having reduced the capacity gradually on Tuesday to just 40%.

Harvey tropical storm watch extended east to Grand Isle

Residents of cities in Jefferson County, Tex., about 100 miles east of Houston, were desperate for help Wednesday morning after rain there caused floodwaters to rise precipitously and lightning made things particularly hard for those responding to the storm.

"We're using the volunteers and their boats to get to those individuals", McLellan said.

The Port Arthur city manager told KTRK almost his entire city is submerged. After drenching Texas, Harvey regained strength over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and crashed ashore again on Wednesday in southwest Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center.

While heavy rains have ended in the Houston area, more danger looms. Total SA's refinery in the area is said to have had a power loss, while Valero Energy Corp.'s Port Arthur plant is offline due to the flooding, according to a person familiar with operations. But the National Weather Service said Harvey still has the potential to cause "life-threatening flooding". That has pushed US crude prices below prices for crude elsewhere, making it cheap for global refiners if they can still get a cargo out. The tropical storm is expected to weaken and continue to the north. Neighbors helped bring her and 12 other people who had sought refuge in her home to a Baptist church on higher ground.

Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said Tuesday that when Harvey came back to shore, "it's the end of the beginning".

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