Shell Begins Evacuations Due to Tropical Storm Alex
Given the forecast for Tropical Storm Alex, Shell has begun evacuating personnel not essential to producing and drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Evacuations from across our operations will occur today, resulting in the safe evacuation of approximately 300 people. We are expecting minimal impacts to our drilling operations and production at this time.
Tropical Storm Alex is forecast to move across the southern Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, June 27th and emerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some weakening is expected while the system is over land and Alex could become a tropical depression later this morning. Re-strengthening is forecast tonight and Monday after Alex moves back over the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center mainly to the east and northeast of the center off the coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula and Belize.
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