September 19, 2019 / 3:04 PM / a month ago

Vessel traffic halted on Beaumont, Texas Ship Channel -U.S. Coast Guard

HOUSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Ship pilots stopped moving vessels along the Beaumont, Texas, Ship Channel due to severe weather caused by Tropical Storm Imelda, said the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday.

Imelda, officially downgraded to a tropical depression, dumped 24 inches (61 CM) of rain on east Texas is the past 24 hours, closing Exxon Mobil Corp's Beaumont refinery and chemical plant. (Reporting by Erwin Seba; editing by David Evans)

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