I know this sounds familiar, but I swear this information is new. There's a new tropical storm off the U.S. Gulf Coast that could impact businesses in the region.
Tropical Storm Beta (they used all the regular storm names and they're now using the Greek alphabet) isn't expected to grow into hurricane status, but it was expected to bring heavy rains to a region that is still recovering from Hurricane Laura.
Emergency crews were already locating high-water vehicles in place for use near Galveston, Texas, early on Sept. 21, while Entergy Corp. — the power company that covers Louisiana — warned that the storm could limit its work in restoring service in the Lake Charles, La., region. Power shortages have led to a delay in restarting production at some resin and feedstock plants in the area.
"Work in the air from bucket trucks cannot be performed in wind conditions of 30 mph or greater," Entergy said in a news release. "The companies' crews and contractors are on alert and ready to safely restore power to customers as quickly as possible."
At least one of the companies affected by power outages from Laura, Indorama Ventures Ltd., notes that its Port Neches, Texas, site was not damaged by the storm. Utilities are "largely reinstated in the area," and it has restarted most operating units, IVL said.