As Hurricane Idalia approaches the west coast of Florida, several terminals have made the necessary preparations to shut down in anticipation of the storm. These precautions have been taken to ensure the safety and security of both personnel and infrastructure.
Kinder Morgan Inc.
One such terminal, the Tampa refined products terminal operated by Kinder Morgan Inc., has confirmed its plans to shut down. In addition to this, the Central Florida Pipeline system will also be closed later today. The terminal is expected to cease operations at 8 p.m. ET this evening. However, Kinder Morgan's Orlando refined products facility currently remains operational. The company is closely monitoring the storm's progress and is prepared to respond to any potential impacts.
Chevron Corp.'s terminal in Tampa has also been shut down as a precautionary measure. Furthermore, due to restricted vessel traffic, the company's Panama City terminal is currently experiencing fuel shortages.
Center Point Terminal
The Center Point Terminal located in Jacksonville will be closing at 10 p.m. ET this evening.
It is important to note that these actions have been taken in response to Hurricane Idalia and its potential impact on the region. The safety and well-being of all individuals involved are paramount.
Reporting by Denton Cinquegrana; Editing by Michael Kelly.