US Class I railroads prepare for Hurricane Sally

Several U.S. Class I railroad operations are preparing to safeguard their networks ahead of Hurricane Sally’s anticipated landfall on Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center on Monday morning issued a hurricane warning for Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border.

The hurricane warning also was in effect for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas in Louisiana, as well as metro New Orleans. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Weather forecasters previously categorized Sally as a tropical storm.

Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) said customers should anticipate delays as the result of closed floodgates into and out of New Orleans. The railroad also temporarily ceased operations at its Mobile, Alabama, yard because of anticipated heavy rains and high winds, according to a service update Monday.

APM Terminals Mobile’s gate operations also were closed to truck traffic Monday.

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Source: Freight Waves