Refineries Shut as Omar Nears Virgin Islands

Hurricane could threaten Puerto Rico as Category 2
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2008 3:04 PM CDT
Refineries Shut as Omar Nears Virgin Islands
Storm clouds from Hurricane Omar approach the area near San Juan, Puerto Rico.   (AP Photo)

Caribbean oil refineries are under threat from Hurricane Omar, whose 85-mph winds roared through St. Croix today, Bloomberg reports. It could hit the Virgin Islands, home to one of the hemisphere's largest refineries, as a Category 2 storm tomorrow. Puerto Rico may be in line for 20 inches of rain and life-threatening floods, forecasters say. (Read more Hurricane Omar stories.)

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