Houston suspends operations


The Port of Houston will be closed for two days due to disruption in Texas after Hurricane Beryl made landfall.

Beryl came ashore near Matagorda, Texas, around 100 miles from Houston’s Bayport terminal, as a Category 1 Hurricane. Beryl has since weakened to a tropical storm with 70mph winds and is making its way inland into Texas.

The storm was accompanied by a storm surge that measured over 9.5 feet near the Port of Houston. There is widespread flooding in Houston City and surrounding areas, but port webcams do not show any flooding over the quayside or terminal areas at the container terminals.

In the afternoon on 8 July the Port of Houston announced that operations would continue to be suspended for the day. The port was continuing to “evaluate the possibility of an afternoon start to operations tomorrow”. Later that day the port announced that this was not possible. “After conducting preliminary assessments of our facilities, power, and systems, all Port Houston terminals will remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday, July 9, 2024),” the port said.

Beryl has caused widespread damage across Texas. Almost 3m people were without power and some of the freeways around Texas are impassable in places. There have been seven reported fatalities so far. The clean-up is underway and power utilities are aiming to reconnect 1m customers by the end of Wednesday.

The Port of Galveston is also closed. On Monday 8 July the port said “Flooding due to storm surge and rain hinder access and obstruct roadways in and around the port complex. Power remains out. When conditions allow, assessments will be made to reopen the port.” In the evening on 8 July the port closed its administrative offices due to the power outage.

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