The National Hurricane Center issued Advisory #34A concerning Hurricane Matthew, which as of 4:00 p.m. e.t. is less than 115 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach, FL. The public advisory states that currently Hurricane Matthew is a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with sustained winds of 140 mph. The advisory speaks to the current Hurricane Watch which is in effect from Edisto Beach, FL to South Santee River, SC.
Addtionally, the advisory highlights a summary of areas listed as Hurricane Warnings, Tropical Storm Warnings and the hazards that significant wind, heavy downpours, and ultimate flooding that could result.
At this time, the MIQ Logistics facilities in Miami and Doral are closed, but will reopen when it is safe for our employees to return to each facility.
The following ports have closed:
- Port Everglades – Closed as of 12:00 p.m. Thursday
- Port Canaveral – Closed as of 12:00 p.m. Wednesday
- Port Miami – Port tunnel is closed / cargo terminals closed until further notice.
- Port of Savannah – Trade operations closed as of 12:00 p.m. Thursday
- Port of Brunswick – Trade operations closed as of 12:00 p.m. Thursday
- Jaxport – Marine Terminals closing at 3:00 p.m. Thursday
The following airports have closed:
- Ft. Lauderdale Airport – Suspended all flights after 10:30 a.m. Thursday
- Miami Airport – Suspended all flights, states on their site they are “ready for tomorrow a.m. when the airlines may resume operations”.
LTL (less-than-truckload) and Truckload Operations:
MIQ is receiving reports of pickup and delivery operations being suspended for Miami, Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Orlando, Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, and Myrtle Beach, SC.
Gov. Rick Scott has issued a State of Emergency for the state of Florida and has activated over half of the National Guard. Gov. Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency for Central and Eastern North Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley issued as State of Emergency for the state of South Carolina.
MIQ will continue to monitor the situation in FL, SC, and NC and other impacted areas, and we will provide additional updates as they are available. For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.