Ship pilots called a halt to guiding vessels along the
53-mile (85-kilometer) Channel connecting the nation's busiest
petrochemical port to the Gulf of Mexico at 8:15 p.m. CST
Thursday (0215 GMT Friday), the Coast Guard said.
Earlier on Thursday, ship pilots stopped guiding vessels to the
ports of Galveston and Texas City, Texas due to high winds.
On Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard warned mariners that the
cold front could bring gale force winds to the area.
Gale force winds are sustained winds at surface level of between
39 to 54 miles per hour (63-87 kilometers per hour), according
to the U.S. National Weather Service.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba; editing by Himani Sarkar)
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