SERVICE ALERT - Hurricane Sally Shuts Down Gulf Coast


Carriers have closed terminals and stopped operations in the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, and northwest Florida as Hurricane Sally makes landfall. These closures include the cities of Biloxi, Mobile, New Orleans, and Pensacola.

Carrier operations will be limited in the inland areas affected by the hurricane, and are likely to remain limited until Thursday. Terminals throughout the region will see significant delays that include:
  • Limited or cancelled pickup and delivery services  
  • Delays affecting shipments traveling through severe weather areas  
  • Embargoes on expedited shipments
  • Embargoes on shipments with guaranteed delivery times
  • Embargoes on service to residential areas
Air Cargo
Airlines suspended cargo services starting Tuesday afternoon. Services are expected to resume Wednesday afternoon.

Port Services
Ports located from New Orleans to Panama City are closed. Port services are expected to resume on Thursday. Transit times for container freight affected by these closures will extend an additional 2-4 days.

Shipment Status Services
It is likely that freight moving through severe weather areas will experience transit delays. Shipments moving in other parts of the country may also experience residual delays as a result of the disruptions to carrier operations. The tracing tools on myUTS can keep you updated on the status of your shipments and allow you to set up automatic notification of status changes by email.
 
If you have any questions about how the carrier service alerts impact a shipment, our Operations department would be happy to provide more information. The status of weather advisories can be found at the National Weather Service (www.weather.gov).