Hurricane Nate Spares New Orleans-Baton Rouge, But Brings Beneficial Rains For Inland Navigation

This article is taken from the Oct. 12 USDA Grain Transportation Report:

Hurricane Nate developed late last week in the western Caribbean and moved quickly through the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm made landfall as a category 1 hurricane near the mouth of the Mississippi River late October 7 and again near Biloxi, MS, early October 8.

On October 6, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) shut down vessel operations from New Orleans to Baton Rouge on the Mississippi River as well as ports as far east as the Florida panhandle in preparation for the storm.

The storm had little impact on the Mississippi River port infrastructure so the USCG reopened the ship channel on the afternoon of October 8.

Further east, the Ports of Mobile, AL, Gulfport and Pascagoula, MS, and Pensacola, FL, sustained minimal terminal damage and the USCG slowly reopened ship channels, however, some vessel draft restrictions are in place.

As the storm remnants moved North, it provided rain in the South and Ohio River Valley that will help give the Ohio River and Lower Mississippi River a much needed increase in river levels.