Shell evacuates 555 workers from US Gulf before Dennis

Friday 8 July 2005, 9:33am EST

Reuters News

NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) - Shell Oil Co. said Friday it evacuated 555 workers from its oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico as a precaution against Hurricane Dennis, but production has not been affected yet.

Shell said in a statement that more evacuations could follow.

Dennis, a dangerous hurricane with 135 mph (215 kph) winds, is expected to head into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.