Refineries Shut as Omar Nears Virgin Islands

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