Hurricane Florence at this time is a Category 4 status and winds could reach up to 150 miles per hour. It is now expected to make land on Friday.
Current projections have the storm coming ashore in the Carolinas with high winds, major storm surge and heavy rain that could linger for days impacting coastal and inland points with severe flooding and wind damage. We can expect substantial power outages and major disruptions to travel for a period of days.
All cargo terminals in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are making preparations for the storm and will be closed prior to and during the height of the storm. At this time we have the following port statuses:
Charleston - We can expect terminals to be closed sometime on Wednesday as well as September 13th and 14th. Shipping channels planned for closure at 1800 hours on September 12.
Wilmington, NC - Port authorities have anticipated closing sometime on Wednesday and will be closed on September 13th and 14th. Shipping channels planned for closure at 1800 September 12.
Norfolk - A complete closure of the port is expected to occur at 1200 hours on Wednesday, subject to updated forcasts, as well as September 13th and 14th. The main shipping channel closed as of 0600 hours today, September 12th.
Baltimore - operating normally at this time but making plans for gale force winds, heavy rains and flooding to hit within 48 hours.
Please be advised our first priority will be the safety of our employees in Norfolk, Baltimore and Washington. We are implementing our business continuity operations as needed and staff will be working offsite to the extent they are able if we have to close any offices.
We will provide further updates as conditions change.