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Hurricane Harvey ratchets up pressure for OPEC to rebalance the market

29 Agosto 2017, 09:40 | Gervasio Siguenza

Hurricane Harvey ratchets up pressure for OPEC to rebalance the market

Here's How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

The refining capacity that has been idled by the storm is estimated to be about 11.2 percent of the US total, according to a Reuters report, while the initial impact appears to be felt in gasoline prices.

Texas is no stranger to devastating hurricanes and tropical storms: in 2008 Hurricane Ike killed 74 people in Texas and caused nearly $40 billion in damages.

If the National Football League decides to play Thursday's preseason game between the Texans and Dallas Cowboys, J.J. Watt says the contest should involve fundraising to help Houston residents affected by the flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey.

White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert said Sunday morning on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Trump was "actively involved" and "making sure that our operations were coordinated".

The slow-moving storm has brought catastrophic flooding to Texas, led to mass evacuations and paralyzed Houston, the fourth most-populous US city.

Officials also believe that as rescue efforts continue, the death toll could rise. "We also hope our actions encourage others to do what they can to help their neighbors in need right now".

The center says in its 4 a.m. CDT advisory that flooded roadways continue to make travel hard and advises people to take shelter.

"The NFL and the Texans will continue to closely monitor the situation in Houston and adjust the team's plans as necessary", the NFL said in a statement. The group later made it to safety in a hotel.

The storm was expected to linger over Texas' Gulf Coast for the next few days, dropping another 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cm) of rain, with threats of flooding extending into Louisiana. Its high winds and torrential rains destroyed about 1,900 homes and almost 1,000 businesses, the National Weather Service said.

Comcast says it will be opening up more than 53,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the Houston area to the general public in order to help residents and emergency responders maintain connectivity during rescue efforts. It was likely to remain just off the coast of Texas through Tuesday night before moving inland over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. "Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming", Trump wrote on Saturday.

The hurricane was defined as "life-threatening" due to potential flooding and strong winds that could leave parts of South Texas "uninhabitable for weeks or months", according to the National Weather Service.

Harvey hit the eastern coast of Texas as a category-four hurricane on Friday, before travelling to Houston, where it was downgraded to a tropical storm. "Just a very similar experience this time around as well", Allen said.

Ward 12 Councillor Harold Usher, a Belizean immigrant to Canada, said he has a niece, in-laws, friends, and acquaintances in the Houston area, including some who settled there from Belize.

Officials say 5,000 people have fled to local shelters, and experts estimate more than 30,000 could be displaced before the storm is over.

Mr. Sterling said that most of the overflow should enter drainage ditches and eventually flow into Buffalo Bayou, which passes through downtown Houston. Many boarded buses to Houston and took shelter in the Astrodome.

Thousands of people gathered on green cots under a constellation of fluorescent lights in the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Houston area's largest shelter. US companies are major investors in oil-rich Kazazhstan, and Perry recently celebrated a Pennsylvania-based company's deal to supply coal to Ukraine, saying it would bolster a key USA ally often threatened by Russian Federation.

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