Chevron Corp in the United States has given an indication of shutting its Petronius and Blind Faith facilities ahead of Tropical Depression 16 now at the Gulf of Mexico.
The international oil company said from Thursday morning, it will begin evacuating all personnel from the facilities.
Analysts say Chevron’s move is in order to avoid colossal damages on installation.
Currently, the natural disaster is causing serious disquiet in parts of US as Nate will threaten part of the southern United States as a hurricane this weekend with flooding, strong winds and isolated tornadoes.
“Nate will move northward over the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and make landfall along the U.S. upper Gulf coast on Sunday,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.
Nate is likely to make landfall somewhere from the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Louisiana. The exact point of landfall will be determined once the storm begins to move north of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
“In all likelihood, this storm will impact areas not severely impacted by Harvey or Irma. The extent of the damage will depend, of course, on the precise path and whether the storm intensifies beyond a Category 1 storm,” AccuWeather Founder, President and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers said.
From a climatological standpoint, most hurricanes have not made landfall in Texas or Louisiana, but have moved inland farther to the east during October.