Ida kills 124 in El Salvador, storm could reach US Tuesday(Read article summary)
Ida left scores dead in El Salvador and shut down oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to make landfall in the US Tuesday.
MORELIA, MEXICO – The first hurricane to pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico's oil and natural gas production this season has weakened to a tropical storm after triggering floods and mudslides that killed at least 124 people in El Salvador Sunday.
In preparation for the storm, US oil companies began shutting down their production Saturday, evacuating workers.
“We've had a very busy day," Jim Shugart, executive vice president of marketing for ERA Helicopters of Lake Charles, Louisiana, told Reuters Sunday. "We started Saturday. They've been flying all day."
The Gulf accounts for 25 percent of domestically produced oil in the US and 14 percent of natural gas.