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Terminals at Port Houston Closed Today Due to Nicholas

Container terminals at Port Houston, the busiest port on the Gulf Coast, will be closed today as Nicholas makes it way up the Texas coast.

An 8:15 a.m. update from Port Houston said all terminals will remain closed due to continued effects of Hurricane Nicholas and widespread power outages. This includes Turning Basin Terminal, Barbours Cut, and Bayport Container Terminals.

Vessel operations are expected to resume tonight at 7 p.m. with normal operations resuming Wednesday.

Nicholas reached hurricaneforce Monday night but was downgraded before making landfall early Tuesday morning along the Texas coastline about 10 miles westsouthwest of Sargent Beach with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

9/14/21 8:15am Weather Update: Due to the continued effects of Hurricane Nicholas and widespread power outages, all Port Houston terminals will remain closed Tuesday. This includes the Turning Basin Terminal, Barbours Cut, and Bayport Container Terminals. pic.twitter.com/7EF9ff9GH3

— Port Houston (@Port_Houston) September 14, 2021

At 10 a.m. CDT, the center of Tropical Storm Nicholas was located inland over Texas about 10 miles southeast of Houston and moving to the northeast near 6 mph. NOAA Doppler weather radar and surface observations indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph with higher gusts.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Port Bolivar Texas to Sabine Pass, including Galveston Bay where a 24 foot surge was expected. A Tropical Storm Warning remained in effect for High Island Texas, just north of the Houston area.

Similar to ports on the U.S. West and East Coasts, Port Houston has been experiencing record cargo volumes. The port eked out its busiest month ever in July handling 297,621 TEUs for a 27% yearoveryear.

In late July, the port’s two container terminals, Bayport and Barbours Cut, suffered from a hardware failure of its terminal operating system that disrupted operations for as many as 3 days.

Nicholas was producing tropical stormforce winds, heavy rain and storm surges as it made its way up the Texas coast on Monday, dealing another blow to U.S. Gulf Coast energy interests still reeling from Hurricane Ida earlier this month.



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