US Hurricanes

US Hurricanes

Shippers and transportation companies are trying to figure out what comes next as the US continues to reel from the destruction of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which battered and broke supply chains from Texas to Puerto Rico. Below is the latest information available on the supply chain impacts of these devastating storms.

News & Analysis

03 Sep 2019
Freight operations are suspended in much of Florida as Hurricane Dorian passes on its way toward the Georgia and Carolina coasts.
01 Jul 2019
In a disaster-prone era, LTL carrier ODFL finds preparing for any event is better than reacting to one.
Hurricane Michael track.
11 Oct 2018
Storm damage reached from Florida into the Carolinas on Thursday and severed the I-10 east-west route. The likely outcome is higher costs and lengthy detours.
Port of Mobile, Alabama, United States.
09 Oct 2018
The US Coast Guard has declared Condition Yankee for the eastern US Gulf of Mexico ports including Panama City, Pensacola, Mobile, Pascagoula, and Gulfport. Under that status, ports are closed to inbound and outbound traffic.
A barge leaves for a mission.
13 Mar 2018
With a quarter of the island’s residents lacking electrical power, long-term improvements are taking a back seat to rebuilding efforts.
12 Mar 2018
In what is typically the slow season for US truckload shipping, carriers are levying surcharges and rejecting shipments.
24 Nov 2017
Ports and most warehouses escaped serious damage, but freight networks in surrounding areas weren’t so lucky.
15 Nov 2017
There is a rocky road ahead.
02 Nov 2017
The added Puerto Rico capacity comes as recovery from Hurricane Maria has rekindled debate over the Jones Act.
01 Nov 2017
Purchased transportation costs rose steadily in the third quarter.
25 Oct 2017
US truck tonnage slipped slightly less than 1 percent in September, following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but year-over-year data shows a significant long-term increase in freight volumes.
19 Oct 2017
YRC Worldwide was hit by two hurricanes and a wave of rising transportation costs in the third quarter, forcing it to lower its projected operating profit for 2017.
17 Oct 2017
After climbing for seven straight weeks, US spot truckload rates stalled last week, but remain higher than usual for early October. DAT Solutions expects spot pricing to keep climbing.
17 Oct 2017
Pasha Hawaii is pulling a 37-year-old ship out of layup.
16 Oct 2017
Port of Houston Authority Senior Director of Trade Development John Mosley describes the port's quick rebound from the de
12 Oct 2017
The truckload spot market that burned hot through the summer continued to heat up in September.
11 Oct 2017
Only 7.8 percent, or 392 miles of Puerto Rico's 5,073 miles of road, are open.
05 Oct 2017
As the US and relief organizations struggle to move goods across battered Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria's legacy will include long-term damage to supply chains.
27 Sep 2017
Truckload freight demand was already nearing peak fall levels in August, Werner’s Derek Leathers said, and hurricanes only increased pressure on capacity and pricing.
25 Sep 2017
Transporting relief goods and supplies inland is slow going due to delayed truck pick-ups.  
21 Sep 2017
The economic aftershock from hurricanes Harvey and Irma is affecting freight flows and transportation pricing across North America.
15 Sep 2017
“Whenever the business volumes reach the top quadrant, there will be chassis shortages, and that’s where we are now.”
13 Sep 2017
Primary rail providers have said they are metering cargo even for routes that are operating normally.
13 Sep 2017
IHS Markit estimates about half of Florida’s filling stations have fuel now, though widespread shortages were still being reported Tuesday.
12 Sep 2017
The American Logistics Aid Network calls relief demand "unprecedented" in wake of Harvey, Irma as it seeks supply chain support.
12 Sep 2017
Analysts and transportation providers say Hurricane Irma, which followed hot on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, could have lasting impacts on truck rates and capacity through January 2018.
08 Sep 2017
Hurricane Irma’s arrival this weekend threatens to roil US supply chains and seriously impact trucking rates.
07 Sep 2017
Ports from Miami to Charleston now lie in the Category 5 storm’s projected path.
05 Sep 2017
The US Coast Guard on Tuesday reopened the Sabine-Neches Waterway.
05 Sep 2017
Relief and recovery efforts get priority while commercial operations slowly get back on the road.
05 Sep 2017
Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since 2005.
04 Sep 2017
Terminals handle container ships during holiday weekend.
01 Sep 2017
The reopening of terminals, repairs to rail lines, and moves toward more normal vessel operations are important steps in untangling supply chains twisted by Hurricane Harvey.
01 Sep 2017
Export supply chains for synthetic resins have resumed limited operations.
31 Aug 2017
Ship pilots planned to begin guiding smaller ships through the Houston Ship Channel on Thursday.
31 Aug 2017
This resource includes customer updates from logistics companies and transportation providers, and ways people can contribute to charitable organizations to help those affected by the storm and flooding.

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