Orange, Texas — Residents and businesses of all sizes were dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Laura along the Gulf Coast, where more than 800,000 people were without power following the storm.
Affected companies included the major petrochemical and plastics manufacturing near Lake Charles, La.
Westlake Chemical Corp., for instance, noted that a restart of its polyethylene, ethylene and PVC feedstock vinyl chloride monomer plant in Lake Charles will depend, in part, on the availability of electricity.
The 22-story glass Capital One Tower office complex in Lake Charles also saw significant damage.
Winds were blamed for much of the inland damage, including at least four people killed by falling trees, according to officials in Louisiana and Texas.
Flat die maker Cloeren Inc. said its facilities in Orange, Texas, were "directly impacted" by Laura.
"While our facilities experienced minimal damage, we are currently closed until power is restored and our employees are able to return from a ... mandatory evacuation," the company said in a statement sent to customers. "Thankfully, we anticipate power to be restored in a matter of days, not weeks."
Cloeren, like other companies in the region, is familiar with disruptions from past storms. Flooding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017 sent more than 4 feet of water through its headquarters while other sites had to shut down temporarily due to a lack of electricity.