26 August 2011 17:40 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US railroad companies Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation have planned service curtailments in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene on the eastern seaboard, the companies said on Friday.
Norfolk Southern will hold shipments moving into Irene’s potential path, which stretches from South Carolina all the way up the eastern coast. Shipments will be held at inland terminals west of the impacted area, the company said.
“We are also giving priority to shipments currently on hand in the region to move out of the areas expected to be impacted,” the company said in a prepared statement.
“Material, equipment and personnel are being staged to move into the area after the storm passes, to address power outages, debris, flooding, and other issues associated with the storm,” the company added.
Additionally, Norfolk Southern will curtail local service in the affected region for the next 24 to 48 hours, and some train operations will likely be discontinued depending on weather conditions.
CSX has also planned service curtailments in some areas of coastal North Carolina and Virginia.
“CSX is monitoring Hurricane Irene closely and taking appropriate measures,” the company said. “Preparations include operational plans and procedures to weather the storm and recover as rapidly as possible.”
Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the coast of North Carolina by Saturday, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
It has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles/hour (165 km/hour).
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