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How Hurricanes That Hit The Texas Coast Can Float Giant Tanks

We're in the last two months of hurricane season. In years past, big storms have done billions of dollars of damage along the Texas Gulf Coast. Now, questions are being raised about what is not being done to protect one vulnerable type of structure: the huge tanks that hold toxic chemicals and petroleum. High winds and high water can cause them to float, sometimes with disastrous results.

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“They’re quite common in the Ship Channel region, about 4,200 right around the Houston Ship Channel.”

—Jamie Padgett, structural engineer at Rice University.

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