Plume modeling forecast shows smoke will shift over north, northwest Houston this afternoon 


HOUSTON — Tuesday is day three of the tank farm fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company southeast of Houston.

Overnight there was a setback in containing the fire due to a drop in water pressure, the company says. The fire grew more intense, continuing to send a big black plume of smoke into the sky. The state and county air alert monitors show chemical levels are within their typical level close the ground, and Deer Park ISD and La Porte ISD schools reopened for class on Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. the smoke plume will be spread out from Houston’s south side to the southwest and then west Houston. The smoke will be lofted to about 3,000 to 6,000 feet above the ground. This afternoon to 6 p.m. the smoke will shift to the west and northwest portions of Houston into the north. The plume will be closer to 5,000 to 6,000 feet in the air, according to NWS.



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