Florida's Citrus Industry Struggles After Irma

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Florida’s citrus crop is being counted as a major casualty of September’s Hurricane Irma, with some predicting the harvest could drop to levels not seen for more than 75 years.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2017
Government, Business

Building Resilient Communities Best Way to Reduce Risk in Disasters, FEMA Chief Says

FEMA Administrator Brock Long FEMA Administrator Brock Long. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the extreme weather events that destroyed vital infrastructure this year in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands illustrate the need to build resilient communities.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 3, 2017
Business, Equipment

Truckload Earnings Expected to Be Mixed for Third Quarter, but Brighter Times Are Ahead, Insiders Say


Wall Street analysts expect truckload carriers to report mixed third-quarter earnings, despite a boost in business related to hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
October 12, 2017
Business, Equipment

Floodwaters Bring Warnings of Damaged Truck Components

Penske recovers from the storm Penske has inspected most of its damaged equipment in the Houston area. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Brakes, diesel particulate filters, electronics and wheel-ends are some of the key components that fleets should inspect on their vehicles as they recover from flooding brought on by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, experts said, adding that without remediation safety component failures are likely to surface in a matter of months.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2017

FHWA Gives Florida DOT $25 Million for Irma Relief

Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

Florida’s Department of Transportation will receive $25 million in federal funding for relief efforts in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 18, 2017

Hurricanes to Increase Contract, Spot Rates Outside Disaster Areas

David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Truckload rates have skyrocketed after hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered Texas and Florida, but the higher prices will also trickle down into states nowhere near the devastation, industry executives say.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2017
Business, Safety, TCA

FedEx Worker Goes Viral After He Personally Delivers Generators Ahead of Hurricane Irma

FedEx generated some good will with at least one Florida customer late last week as Hurricane Irma began its ominous approach.

Ron Maxey | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
September 13, 2017
Business, Fuel

It Could Take Days Before Florida’s Thirst for Fuel Is Sated

A Chevron gas station is wrecked in Leesburg, Fla. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

Hurricane Irma may now be gone, but its fallout will continue to haunt Florida for at least the next few days as the largest U.S. gasoline market after California and Texas thirsts for the fuel.

September 12, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Jumps 4.4 Cents to $2.802 a Gallon

Diesel truck stop Lars Plougmann/Flickr

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 4.4 cents to $2.802 a gallon on the heels of Hurricane Irma slamming into Florida on Sept. 10 and disrupting fuel supplies there.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 11, 2017

Hurricane Updates

Evacuees fill Germain Arena, which is being used as a fallout shelter, in advance of Hurricane Irma, in Estero, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. (Jay Reeves/AP)

Follow real-time updates from news organizations and emergency agencies as Florida and the southeastern United States deal with an unprecedented storm that will have major impact on infrastructure, roads and fuel supply.

September 8, 2017