Sasol Lake Charles project remains shut after Hurricane Laura


Laura made landfall last Thursday morning, packing winds of 241kmh, some of the strongest to hit the region in more than a century.

AIR noted that the majority of impacts from hurricane Laura were in Louisiana, where the storm caused widespread destruction to buildings of all types. Maria resulted in 2,975 deaths, the highest death toll from a hurricane in a century.

More than half of those who died in the U.S. succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.

The group last week activated its inclement weather protocols at the complex, in preparation for Hurricane Laura, which made landfall near the project on August 27.

President Donald Trump signed autographs and joked they could sell for $10,000 each on eBay during a press conference on the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

Trump said Saturday in Texas that FEMA would deliver 400,000 liters of water and 200,000 meals to the affected.

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At a briefing, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he believed the state got through Laura without spreading COVID-19.

GlobeNewswire 2020-08-31Boston, Aug. 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that industry insured losses to onshore property resulting from Hurricane Laura's winds and storm surge will range from Dollars 4 billion to USD 8 billion.

"There is never a good place for a hurricane to make landfall", said Curtis McDonald, meteorologist and senior product manager at CoreLogic.

Residents are now returning home and confronting the possibility that basic services may not return for weeks - or longer. Laura's storm surge was not as severe as expected, as the storm tracked a bit east of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, a waterway that connects the town of Lake Charles with the Gulf of Mexico, and pushed less water forward.

Laura was the seventh named storm to strike the USA this year, setting a new record for US landfalls by the end of August. Residential building envelopes were breached due to debris impacts and the damage was further exacerbated in many cases due to the impacts of storm surge. It hit the USA after killing almost two dozen people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.