BP To Shutdown Some U.S. Gulf Platforms due to Tropical Storm Hanna

BP has evacuated one shallow water production platform and a few deep water facilities in the northern Gulf of Mexico due to safety concerns from Tropical Storm Hanna. Production at these facilities has been halted. "Due to the storm threat, we have evacuated some facilities and shut in production," said Lorena Guilanshah, a BP spokeswoman. The names of the facilities and their production rates were not immediately available.

Tropical Storm Hanna is located off the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines heading north and packing winds of 45 miles per hour.

Several other operators such as ChevronTexaco TotalFinaElf and Taylor have also taken precautions against Tropical storm Hanna. The storm is expected to make landfall sometime tomorrow.