Trucking companies are already beginning to move relief supplies toward the region threatened by Hurricane Sandy as the massive storm approaches the East Coast.
“I estimate we have at least 200-plus loads moving currently with water, generators and other relief merchandise,” said John White, president of U.S. Xpress.
The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based truckload carrier began moving tractor-trailers out of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic a few days ago, White said in a statement.
“This mainly entails getting our trailing equipment that could be in flood prone areas to higher ground,” White said Monday. “Freight flows continue to move.”
Many companies in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have either closed terminals or are limiting operations, as states declare some roadways off limits to trucks.
U.S. Xpress is moving loads from the Southeast and Midwest to staging areas or to customer distribution centers for redeployment in the hurricane’s wake, he said.
For continuing coverage of the storm and its aftermath, see the JOC's Hurricane Sandy special topic page.