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People looking to evacuate the path of Hurricane Laura arrive at the civic center where evacuation buses wait, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Port Arthur, Texas. Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall in the area Wednesday night or early Thursday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Oil industry shuts platforms, rigs, refineries before storm

Aug. 26, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The energy industry braced Wednesday for catastrophic storm surges and winds as Hurricane Laura cut a dangerous path toward the coastlines of Texas and Louisiana. Oil and gas producers evacuated platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and companies were shutting down refineries in the...