September 8, 2017 10:45 AM, EDT

FedEx Temporarily Suspends Some Services in Parts of Florida, Prepares for Post-Irma Aid

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FedEx temporarily suspended some services in South Florida Sept. 7 and geared up to help with recovery wherever Hurricane Irma makes landfall.

The Memphis-based shipping company issued a service alert about temporary suspensions of FedEx Express and FedEx Ground services in the Florida Keys and FedEx Freight across South Florida.

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest North American for-hire carriers.

“FedEx is monitoring Hurricane Irma, and our thoughts are with everyone in the path of this powerful storm,” FedEx said in a statement released by spokesman Jim Masilak. “Safety is our priority as we implement contingency plans to protect team members and facilities.”

“We are also continuing our support of organizations, such as Direct Relief, American Red Cross, and Heart to Heart, that provide critical supplies to those affected by severe events. We encourage customers to check for updated service information,” Masilak said.

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The new threat came as the company continued to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s assault on the Gulf Coast. FedEx said service disruptions and delays could affect inbound and outbound shipments for Louisiana and Texas.

FedEx last week donated more than 20,000 meals to the American Red Cross and airlifted them to Houston for distribution at shelters and mobile feeding units across the region ravaged by Harvey.

It was part of a commitment to donate $1 million in cash and transportation services to help Harvey victims.

In the year before Harvey, FedEx had donated $7 million in cash and in-kind assistance to support humanitarian organizations responding to disasters.

The company joined with Direct Relief to deliver equipment and supplies for pop-up health facilities in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew struck the island.

Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Jim Gaines contributed to this story.

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