Extreme Weather

Government, Business, Safety

Atlantic Faces Another Wild Hurricane Season After Record 2020

In this NASA satellite image, Hurricane Florence gains strength in the Atlantic Ocean in September 2018. In this NASA satellite image, Hurricane Florence gains strength in the Atlantic Ocean in September 2018. (NASA via Bloomberg News)

The Atlantic hurricane season is poised to be another wild one, with forecasters predicting an above-average 17 named storms sweeping out of the basin.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2021

Adverse Conditions: Is Your Fleet Ready?

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Studies have shown that 21% of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are weather-related. And while we can’t control the weather, we can control fleet preparedness. Recent research has proven that the number and strength of extreme weather events in the US – from blizzards to floods – have increased over the last fifty years. With that fact in mind, all companies need to take special note of any extreme weather conditions, and take steps to mitigate the risks that come along with them.

April 16, 2020
Government, Safety

FHWA Issues $500,000 in Emergency Relief Funds to Vermont

A swollen Winooski River flows past farm fields A swollen Winooski River flows past farm fields April 16, 2019, in Middlesex, Vt. Now, the state is receiving help after heavy rain and high winds ravaged roads and bridges Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. (Lisa Rathke/Associated Press)

Vermont will receive $500,000 in federal funding to repair roads and bridges that have been damaged by heavy rain and flooding.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 26, 2019
Government, Safety

House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio Again Touts Infrastructure Resiliency

Peter DeFazio Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said it is imperative infrastructure policies take into account climate change. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Policy pertaining to severe weather-resilient infrastructure continues to be a priority for a top transportation lawmaker as he crafts comprehensive highway legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 25, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Treatments, Tools Help Fleets Battle Corrosion, Snow Accumulation

A. Duie Pyle truck moves underneath a snow scraper Less-than-truckload carrier A. Duie Pyle uses snow-removal equipment from Scraper Systems to clear the top of a trailer. (A. Duie Pyle)

Snow and ice, as well as the chemicals used to keep highways clear, can bring additional challenges to fleets during winter months.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 22, 2019
Business, Fuel

New England May Be One Cold Snap Away From Heating Fuel Crunch

Boston homes covered in snow Snow blankets a Boston neighborhood. (Getty Images)

Heating oil prices in the northeast U.S. may jump during cold snaps this winter, as the closing of the region’s biggest refinery and new clean-fuel rules for ships trim supply.

November 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Federal Officials Highlight Disaster Mitigation Program

Disaster Mitigation Program People walk beside a damaged road surrounded by floodwaters after Hurricane Florence hit in Currie, N.C., last year. (Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — A Federal Emergency Management Agency official addressing a House transportation panel Oct. 22 touted a disaster mitigation program established last year.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 22, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Imelda Rainfall Totals Almost 4 Feet in Houston

Imelda floods Texas USPS delivery truck navigates low water in Houston. (David J. Phillip/Bloomberg News)

Imelda’s rains largely have left Houston, but the city and the surrounding region are reeling from the fallout. Much of the area remains flooded, with homes and businesses damaged, hundreds of abandoned cars left on highways, water systems compromised and at least two people dead.

September 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Imelda Moves Inland, Dumping Inches in Texas

Imelda floods Texas Clouds hover over downtown Houston ahead of Tropical Storm Imelda. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Imelda is threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana as the tropical depression moves inland over the next few days.

Juan Lozano | Associated Press
September 18, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Dorian Makes Landfall on Outer Banks Before Heading Out to Sea

Hurricane Dorian Hurricane Dorian made landfall in North Carolina. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina Sept. 6, battering the shore with driving rain and wind as it continues its march north and begins moving away from the U.S. coast.

September 6, 2019