Back-to-Back Storms disrupt Business, Logistics and Port Operations along the Gulf of Mexico

Two rare back-to-back tropical storms caused severe disruptions to oil and gas production, road and railways connections as well as port operations across the region between August 24 and August 27

In the first half of the year, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that 2020 could see one of the most active tropical storm seasons in at least 22 years, with the potential for between 19 to 25 named storms.

As of August 27, the latest major storms to alert residents across the region are the Former Tropical Cyclone Marco and Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which emerged in the Caribbean Sea around August 20, where they caused flooding, landslides and infrastructural damages before they reached the Louisiana-Texas Coast in the United States within a three-day period between August 24 and August 27. While Former Tropical Cyclone Marco dissipated by August 26, Hurricane Laura has just made landfall in the State of Louisiana in the United States in the early morning hours of August 27.

Official damage estimates have not been released at the time of writing but an initial analysis by Resilience360 suggests that the storms already severely impacted oil and gas production as well as logistics and port operations along the Gulf of Mexico, shutting down large parts of the region’s production capabilities and suspending vessel operations in major regional ports.