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Broad Relief Efforts Converge After Hurricane Ian

Amazon disaster relief Amazon’s Atlanta-based Disaster Relief Hub. (Amazon)

Trucking companies, government entities and nonprofit groups responded to the devastation wrought along Florida’s Gulf Coast by Hurricane Ian last month with relief efforts for the many areas affected by the storm, and are working to overcome challenges in getting aid to those in need.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

States Approve Rule Exemptions to Speed Florida Relief Efforts

Florida DOT truck Florida Department of Transportation first responders place FDOT stickers on coolers following Hurricane Ian in Matlacha, Fla., on Oct. 5. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg)

Motor carriers transporting relief supplies to regions of Florida and South Carolina affected by Hurricane Ian are working with a variety of emergency vehicle size and weight exemptions in effect in neighboring states, moves made by governors and state agencies looking to help speed relief supplies to storm-ravaged areas.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Ian Lashes South Carolina as Florida Surveys Devastation

Hurricane Ian Drivers in Charleston, S.C., as Hurricane Ian batters the area. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A revived Hurricane Ian made landfall on coastal South Carolina on Sept. 30, threatening the historic city of Charleston with severe flooding after the deadly storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and trapped thousands in their homes.

September 30, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Biden to Oil Industry: Don’t Raise Prices as Hurricane Nears

President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, in Washington President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, at the Ronald Reagan Building, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden on Sept. 28 warned oil and gas companies against increasing prices for consumers as Hurricane Ian neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast.

Aamer Madhani | Associated Press
September 28, 2022
Government, Safety, Logistics

Hurricane Ian Nears Florida Landfall

Hurricane Ian A dog is walked through floodwater as the tide rises in Key West, Fla. (Rob O'Neal/The Key West Citizen via Associated Press)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified as it neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast Sept. 28, gaining top winds of 155 mph (250 kph), just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Damaging winds and rain lashed the state, and the heavily populated Naples to Sarasota region was at highest risk of a devastating storm surge.

Curt Anderson | Associated Press
September 28, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Strengthening Nicholas Threatens to Hit Texas as Hurricane

Nicholas This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 12. (NOAA via Associated Press))

HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Nicholas gathered strength Sept. 13 and threatened to blow ashore in Texas as a hurricane that could bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana.

September 13, 2021
Business, Logistics

Louisiana Ports Shutdown May Impact Agriculture Exports

Corn The New Orleans area is important for truckers, says Iowa Trucking Association's Brenda Neville. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn is the biggest export crop in the state. (Paul Frangipane/Bloomberg News)

The ports of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and South Louisiana, vital in terms of shipping grain commodities worldwide, have been shut down, and there is no timetable for when they will reopen.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
August 31, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Energy Companies Begin to Assess Damage From Ida

Ida Homes flooded in the aftermath of Ida in Lafitte, La. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Louisiana communities battered by Ida faced a new danger as they began the massive task of clearing debris and repairing damage from the storm: the possibility of weeks without power in the stifling, late-summer heat.

August 31, 2021
Government, Safety, Logistics

Federal Response to Ida Includes Regulatory Relief for Truckers

Damaged pipes at Royal Dutch Shell facility in Louisiana Damaged pipes at the Royal Dutch Shell Norco Refinery in LaPlace, La, FMCSA has issued an emergency declaration that covers truckers involved in relief efforts in six states. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Hours-of-service flexibility for truckers involved in critical relief efforts is one element of the federal government’s response to Tropical Depression Ida.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 31, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Rails Brace for Gridlock After Ida Hammers New Orleans Hub

railroad tracks Getty Images

Hurricane Ida forced Kansas City Southern to shut its main line in Louisiana and has halted exchanges between railroads in New Orleans, which may worsen delays in a U.S. shipping industry that already is stretched thin.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2021