Hurricane Harvey Shuts Down Port of Houston Sea and Air Travel

San Jacinto River Houston Texas Ships August 30 2017
San Jacinto River Houston Texas Ships August 30 2017
Gulf of Mexico Cruise Ship Tracker Houston 0800 Hours August 30 2017
Gulf of Mexico Cruise Ship Tracker Houston 0800 Hours August 30 2017

While Tropical Storm Harvey rescue operations continue for thousands of people trapped by the rising flood waters, our Gulf of Mexico Cruise Ship Tracker shows dozens of ships of all kinds are anchored in waters within the Port of Houston.

In the San Jacinto River alone, dozens are anchored or have been transiting along Lake Shore Drive.

The Port of Houston website has an alert on their website today, “All Port Houston facilities will remain closed on Wednesday, August 30th due to the weather impact across Houston. We will be continuing to monitor weather conditions to determine when operations can safely resume. At this point no indications from the U.S. Coast Guard on when the Houston Ship Channel will reopen for vessel transits. Updates will be provided as more information is available.”

The port is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities attributed to 785,000 jobs and  212 million annual cargo tonnage.

Meanwhile, three cruise ships which embarked from Galveston, Texas are holding in New Orleans, Louisiana. Carnival Valor, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Breeze are all docked in New Orleans.

Cruise Ships Stuck in New Orleans
Cruise Ship Stuck in New Orleans

Houston is served by three airports, George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Field (EFD). George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the world’s ninth-busiest airport by total movements.

The IAH website is currently posting this message, ” UPDATED 8/29/2017 at 2:00 p.m. Commercial operations have ceased at both IAH and HOU until further notice due to severe weather. No inbound or outbound flights from either airport at this time. For flight details, rescheduling and waivers, please contact your air carrier. At this time, there has been no flooding at the ecopark lots or the terminal parking garages. We are actively monitoring these properties. Over the next few days, severe weather caused by Hurricane Harvey may impact flights at IAH and HOU. The Houston Airports advises passengers to stay in touch with their air carriers for the most accurate information regarding specific flight status.”

The New York Times reported, “Local officials in Texas have reported at least 30 confirmed and suspected flood-related deaths.

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