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Texas Port Traffic Slowing Down Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas
September 13, 2021

No major resin producers have announced any shutdowns ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is making its way north up the Texas coast, but logistical operations have started to see an impact.

In preparation for Nicholas, The Port of Houston said container terminals ingates closed on Monday afternoon, and all terminals including Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals and Terminal Basin Terminal will be closed on Tuesday morning. Vessel operations will continue as possible. Nicholas is expected to arrive in the Houston-area on Tuesday morning.

In South Texas at The Port of Corpus Christi, where Nicholas will arrive Monday evening, inland barges are still moving but deep draft vessels are not.

Some plastics packing and logistic companies shut early Monday to give employees time to prepare for severe weather conditions. Flooding has already been reported in parts of Corpus Christi and Houston, with more expected as the storm drags along the coast. One Houston-area plastics warehouse also already reported flooding in its parking lot on Monday.

The National Weather Service said that Nicholas could reach hurricane status as it moves along the Texas coast.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.


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