The state of Texas and other federal agencies have issued warnings, including travel advisories that will impact commercial and oversize transportation as Hurricane Harvey hits land.
Drivers in the storm’s patch should be aware of severe flooding as the category 2 – potentially category 3 – makes landfall. Storms of this capacity have the ability to cause structural damage up to 25 miles from the eye of the storm.
The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) issued a statement, noting commerce disruptions and a safety warning, as well as opportunities for people to help via the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN).
Texas Governor, Greg Abbott declared a disaster for 30 Texas counties.
All oversize/overweight permit requirements have been suspended, however, for any vehicles providing disaster relief for the storm as of Wednesday, August 23. Click here to view the state’s notice.
Any other oversize loads – non emergency or disaster relief related – will not be issued permits until further notice.
Strong winds, heavy rain and extreme flooding is the worst the state will have seen in over two decades.
Meteorologists predict very bad conditions for several days as the storm rolls in, with as many as 35 inches of rain in some areas.
Fuel prices could also be affected from the storm. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there was an overnight 40-cent increase.
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