All Port Houston offices and terminals were closed Thursday, but have reopened today. Officials said Port Houston was lucky not to sustain any serious damage from the hurricane, and of the 21 container services that call Houston, none announced they were omitting the port this week. The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas is also open and operating normally.
The Port of Beaumont in southeast Texas will be closed until Monday, according to a statement, and the Port of Galveston in Texas remains closed through Friday.
The Port of New Orleans’ cargo terminals are now operating normally. However, container carriers weren’t taking any chances with Hurricane Laura, by steering some vessels away from the port expected to be hit by the powerful storm. Carrier schedules showed five of 13 services bypassed calls at the Port of New Orleans this week due to concerns over the Category 4 storm. Louisiana’s Port of Baton Rouge has also reopened.
Major roadways across the Gulf Coast continue to be affected by Hurricane Laura. The eastbound lane of I-10 remained closed at the Texas/Louisiana state line Thursday, and I-10 westbound was closed west of the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana.
Both major airports in Houston are operating normally and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reported little impact from the storm.