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Tropical Storm Nicholas Threatens Production Along Texas Coast This Week
September 12, 2021

Tropical Storm Nicholas has formed in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico and the National Weather Service has issued tropical storm advisories for the coasts of Northeastern Mexico up to Texas. Forecast models expect the storm to bring heavy downpours and possible flash flooding from northeastern Mexico to New Orleans.

The storm path is on track to move north and make landfall between Corpus Christi and Beaumont in Texas on Tuesday, which is where a significant amount of US petrochemical and resin production is located.

Nicholas comes two weeks after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana and impacted production at several refineries, petrochemical, and resin plants.

Ida led two Polymer producers to declare force majeures (FM) in its wake. Dow declared FM on LLDPE and HDPE production at its plant in St. Charles, Louisiana, and Pinnacle Polymers declared FM on Polypropylene production at its Garyville, Louisiana, plant.

Some company's shut operations ahead of Ida, but none have announced any preventive or proactive shutdowns ahead of Nicholas.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.


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