Hurricane Irma Still Making A Major Impact

Over the weekend, Hurricane Irma changed course a bit and spared Miami a direct hit.  Instead, the storm veered west and made landfall in the Florida Keys, causing much damage to the small islands and all along Florida’s West Coast.  Storm surge and winds were a major factor throughout Florida and over 6 million residents are currently without power.  The now tropical storm, continues to make its way north through Florida and into Georgia.

Ports of Miami and Everglades remain closed today, Monday, September 11th. Officials are waiting for Irma to completely pass through before they can make decisions as to when ports would begin to re-open.  Once Irma completely passes through, officials will begin to assess the damage to determine when ports can begin to re-open.  Although, Miami was spared the brunt of the storm, Irma has wreaked havoc on the US Supply chain and ports along the Southeast Coast are preparing for what could take up to 6 months to recover.

Georgia Port Authority continues to keep ports at Savannah and Brunswick closed as they also wait out Irma and can then begin post facility assessment. South Carolina Port Authority announced Charleston will cease operations at 2pm today in anticipation of strong storm surge as Irma tracks north.  Port of Charleston expects to re-open tomorrow morning.  Port officials along the Southeast will continue to give updates on port closures and re-openings as Irma continues to move north through Georgia and the Carolinas in the next 24 hours.

Port updates can be found www.gaports.com,  www.miamidade.gov/portmiami and www.scspa.com.

As always, our thoughts are with all who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and we are here to help in any way we can.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your shipments.

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(Photo courtesy :Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images)
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