Assistant Harris County Fire Chief Bob Royall said the initial explosion took place just after midnight.
Across the nation, the average cost for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is about $2.36 as of 3:42 a.m. Monday morning.
The mayor told ABC News that first responders and volunteer rescuers in Port Arthur will be going door to door to homes to conduct welfare checks.
Hurricane Harvey is the strongest storm to hit Texas in more than half a century and this calamity has forced operators to shut down refineries, pipelines, and ports.
The situation in this city 91 miles east of Houston was dire early Wednesday, with homes expected to fill with rising floodwaters and residents unsure of how to get out of the city, reports CBS Beaumont, Texas affiliate KFDM-TV. Those sheltering there were being re-evacuated to the another center in the city, KJAC reported.
“Life-threatening flash flooding continues in far east Texas around Beaumont and Port Arthur”, Hennen said.
The National Weather Service says almost 50 inches of rain had fallen as of Tuesday morning.
The 25-year-old quickly asked a friend to get away from him “because if you do, you know, you will go too”, he told his friend.
A FEMA truck headed to help victims of Hurricane Harvey ended up getting stuck in the floodwaters.
The EOM said they had to suspend water rescue operations until daylight, even while water continued to rise.
Tropical Storm Harvey inflicted more damage on the heart of the US energy industry overnight after flooding the biggest USA refinery in Texas and then churning into Louisiana, causing fuel shortages and high gasoline prices that could afflict the country for weeks. The company said it discovered roof damage at the plant, which is the second-largest in the country.
CLARIFICATION: Harvey made its first landfall at 10 p.m. local time Friday, first striking a barrier island near Port Aransas, Texas, before moving into the USA mainland two hours later near Copano Bay, Texas. Henley was calling into the station from her flooded Port Arthur home to find out more information about the storm’s path. His visit was organized for Corpus Christi as this was the closest the president could get to the worst-affected areas without posing a hindrance to the recovery efforts, the Times reported citing state officials. She said she plans to name the kitten Harvey.
Evacuees sit in the bleachers at the Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, Texas, as it floods on Wednesday..
“Our heart is breaking for our community and we trying to help in as many ways as possible”, the sheriff’s department said in a message posted shortly before midnight.
“I kept marking it on the wall, every 15 minutes”, Henry said.
“We aren’t hearing these people crying out because they have no voice”, Needham wrote. “I’m stuck upstairs. It’s just me and my dog”.