Hurricane Irma, which weakened to a Tropical Storm on Monday morning, was the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm in recorded history. This is the second Category 4 Hurricane to hit the United States this year, following Hurricane Harvey last month. So, what does that mean for the United States and the transportation industry?
The storm has blasted through the Caribbean as a Category 5 Hurricane, leaving mass destruction in its path. The storm passed through Florida, slamming the Florida Keys as a Category 4 – the same as Hurricane Harvey when it made landfall in Texas on 8/25/17. A few hours later, the storm made a second landfall as Marco Island before hitting Tampa. The impacts have been seen throughout the entire state and the South East United States.
PLS Logistics Services’ top concern is the health and welfare of our employees and customers and in supporting the community. .
Hurricane Irma: Impact so far
Flash flood emergencies have been declared in Jacksonville, FL and Charleston, SC
Power lines are down causing power outages across the state of Florida, as many as 9 million Florida residents are affected
Airports are closed throughout the affected areas, Miami International is planning to open as early as Tuesday 9/12
Strong winds blew water right off bays and harbors in Tampa and Port Charlotte, storm surges are battering coastlines across Florida
Irma is expected to have a huge financial toll, one company estimated at least $50 billion worth of losses for the U.S.
A large threat of Irma is the flooding following the storm, officials are urging residents not to wander the streets / return to their homes until routes are confirmed as safe
Shippers / Carriers: What to Expect
Expect productivity to be hindered for minimum of 1 week following the storm
If your team is affected, evacuate the area and expect major delays both in and out of Florida and surrounding areas
Crop damage is estimated in the billions following Irma’s landfall
The nation has seen surge in gas and water prices due to Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Some gas stations have even been left out of fuel, prepare your fleet and route based on available fuel
Surge flooding can cause delays for weeks following the storm
States expected to be severely affected include: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina
PLS Prepares for Irma’s Aftermath
PLS has moved heavy equipment, ice, water, food products, plywood, and more near the affected areas in preparation for the aftermath of the storm
Our team of dedicated professionals is tracking the storm and potential impacts to best prepare our team and our customers
Most importantly, PLS is here for our shippers and carriers before, during, and after the storm.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Contact:
For disaster survivors: 800-621-3362; General contact: 202-646-2500
General contact: 888-814-8486; LTL Freight Services: 877-475-7585; Human Resources: 724-814-5100
Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a Tropical Depression has impacted the lives of millions in the Gulf Coast region. While the rain subsided in heavily affected areas, the after effects of this hurricane will be seen for the weeks and months to come. The PLS Houston employees are back in the office as of 9/5/17 and our employees on site in Baytown are back to their duties.
Fortunately, PLS prepares for the unexpected. PLS Logistics Services has been shipping to the eastern Texas and western Louisiana areas. Our 10 offices across the United States have been working together to bounce back from the Hurricane Harvey transportation impacts.
PLS Harvey Initiatives
The flooding conditions are improving across southeast Texas; however, rivers continue to overflow with the excess rainfall. Closed or flooded conditions are still present on both major and minor routes.
Our logistics professionals are actively researching affected areas. We are monitoring flood and weather conditions to ensure a safe delivery of your load.
The impacts from hurricane Harvey are being felt beyond the areas hit by the storm. Truck and trailer availability can be affected due to major disruptions in areas. We are working hard to accommodate to all shipper and carrier service needs.
To ensure proper delivery, our dedicated staff is contacting consignee and receiver locations to assess for damage and conditions our carriers and shippers need to be aware of.
PLS is tracking shipments closely by GPS and cell trackers and will update our shippers/receivers/carriers of possible extended delays.
To ensure your satisfaction, our team is continually monitoring fluctuations in market rates.
Should damage occur, PLS is available to coordinate and process claims as quickly as possible.
PLS Logistics Services is adjusting work hours to accommodate to increased after-hours emergencies. Our staff is here for you, whenever you need us.
PLS is actively working with shippers and carriers, rescheduling loads as needed. We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates on loads that have been rescheduled. If you have any loads moving down to the affected areas, let us know and we can help facilitate those shipments.
PLS Gives Back
PLS is teaming up with the American Red Cross and GoFundMe to raise money for the affected communities. PLS will donate 100% of the profits from all Texas freight moves the week of Sept. 4th to the American Red Cross.
“PLS has a large number of employees, shippers and trucking partners in Texas and Houston and we want to do our part to assist in the recovery efforts of this catastrophic storm,” says President and CEO Greg Burns. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
PLS employees and customers can donate to the American Red Cross through the company’s GoFundMe page titled “PLS Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund”. Alternatively, any shipper using PLS trucking services the week of Sept. 4th for Texas related freight will have 100% of profits from those shipments donated to the American Red Cross. Shippers can contact their local PLS Account Executive or their local PLS office with any Texas freight needs. With over 500 employees, the company’s goal is to raise funds for its employees, customers, and vendors in addition to the Company’s donation.