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Shell braced against Hurricane Dolly

Shell braced against Hurricane Dolly

Last Updated: 2:04am BST 22/07/2008



Shell has begun flying workers from platforms in the western Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Dolly, the company said in a statement.

The storm, with winds of nearly 50mph, emerged from the Yucatan Peninsula over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night.

A hurricane watch was issued for the southern portion of the Texas coast.

Shell said production in the Gulf would not be affected by the evacuation or plans to pull more workers from platforms that may be in path of the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season to menace offshore oil and natural gas production areas.

Other oil and natural gas companies said they were monitoring the storm’s progress. Shell said it took 125 people off platforms on Sunday and planned to take a further 60 from the Gulf yesterday.

The company does not expect production to be affected as long as Dolly follows a forecast path across the southern Gulf toward landfall near the US-Mexico border.

The US National Hurricane Centre projected that Dolly will move northwest across the southern Gulf of Mexico to make landfall tomorrow night north of Brownsville, Texas.

The United States has got off lightly for the past two Atlantic hurricane seasons, with just one hurricane – Humberto in November 2007 – making landfall in the US.

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