This week ushered in a strong storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico and the first major storm of the season to threaten refineries along the Gulf Coast. On Tuesday, tropical storm Isaac was promoted to hurricane status with its sights set on New Orleans. However, experts warn that the storm track could easily change course and head either more eastward or westward.
In the wake of hurricane warnings, many refiners along the Gulf Coast began taking preparatory measures on Monday in hopes to lighten any possible damage that may be caused by high winds and heavy rains. The weather system is expected to make landfall today.