The National Hurricane Center is predicting the season’s first hurricane (Barry) will develop over the Gulf of Mexico and strike the coast of Louisiana or Texas on Saturday. Once making landfall Barry is expected to impact the region with high winds, storm surge and heavy rains.
In advance of landfall, the weather system is already impacting New Orleans with severe storms resulting in localized-flooding. The New Orleans Intermodal Facility is experiencing flooding and employees have been evacuated. The facility will remain closed until the flooding dissipates and the terminal and local roads are deemed safe. All shipments billed for movement from New Orleans will experience departure delay and free time will be extended on shipments that are at destination.
As Barry nears land it may become necessary to restrict shipments ingating at origin points destined to New Orleans. Norfolk Southern will continue to closely monitor the storm and will provide updates as the storm progresses. Customers are strongly advised to review local forecasts and Department of Transportation information for updates regarding local road conditions in the impacted areas.