FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration in Four States in Preparation for Hurricane Laura
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued Regional Emergency Declaration in response to Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura.
Tropical Storm Marco made landfall throughout parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday but quickly fizzled and is now no longer a tropical storm.
However, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), Hurricane Laura is strengthening and is expected to be a Category 4 when it makes landfall early Thursday.
Hurricane Laura is forecast to make landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border early Thursday morning. As Laura moves across the country, heavy rainfall will occur from the Gulf Coast, to the Mississippi Valley, and east into the Ohio Valley. Flooding and flash flooding is likely. pic.twitter.com/4GhNXFoa7b
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) August 25, 2020
In response, the FMCSA is suspending certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) including hours of service (HOS) rules for carriers involved in direct relief assistance.
“This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, goods, equipment, fuel and persons and provides necessary relief,” the FMCSA said. “Affected States included in this Emergency Declaration are: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.”
— FMCSA (@FMCSA) August 25, 2020
The Agency pointed out that direct assistance terminates when “a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not in support of emergency relief efforts related to Hurricanes or Tropical Storms Laura and Marco, or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.”
Hurricane Laura is expected to batter the Gulf Coast and bring a storm surge of up to 13 feet in areas.
Heads up! Today is the last day to prepare for Hurricane #Laura. Evacuation zones are based on potential storm surge. If an evacuation has been ordered, life-threatening storm surge is expected. Get your loved ones to a safe place…their life depends on it! pic.twitter.com/9UxCfpeRqo
— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 25, 2020
States are also preparing as Texas Governor Greg Abbott has already issued an emergency disaster declaration in 59 of Texas’ 254 counties.
Many thousands of people who are in the storms direct path are being urged to evacuate now.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to track the storm closely.
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