Florida Governor Rick Scott and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey have both issued an emergency declaration as Hurricane Michael nears. State of Emergency Declared for Alabama & Florida as Hurricane Michael Nears

The storm is expected to make landfall along the Florida panhandle Wednesday as 26 northern Florida counties and the state of Alabama are suspending trucking regulations as part of the emergency declaration.

This is similar to the declaration declared last month by both North and South Carolina when Hurricane Florence hit the Eastern seaboard. The declaration is for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the affected states and jurisdictions in direct support of relief efforts related to Hurricane Florence.

Counties included in this declaration are: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Levy and Citrus.

Alabama Gov. Ivey referenced the anticipation of widespread power outages, wind damage and debris from high winds and heavy rain as the storm hits. Like Florida’s, the declaration suspends hours of regulation for drivers hauling any materials, goods, supplies or services in the aftermath of the storm.

Hurricane Michael was recently upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane and is expected to hit the Florida coastline as a Category 3 storm. Flooding is one of the biggest threats to land, and more regulations concerning transportation through affected areas could arise.

After Hurricane Florence hit, roads were closed for several weeks due to debris, fallen trees and flooding.

Pilot Flying J

During the storm, Pilot Flying J, a United States chain of truck stops and long-time partner of Medallion Transport Holdings which is the parent company of ACE Heavy Haul, will release updates on store operations. Here is a list of locations, which are int the storm path and their status.

 

City State Location Number Operation Status
Donthan AL 603 Open
Satsuma AL 075 Open
Theodore/Mobile AL 302 Open
Jasper FL 500 Open
Cordele GA 416 Open
Lake Park GA 631 Open
Valdosta GA 73, 4561 Open
Latta SC 4584, 713 Open
St. Matthews SC 4579 Open
Mariana FL 374 Closed
Midway FL 425 Closed
Quincy/Midway FL 623 Closed
Albany GA 260 & Clean Energy Site Closed
Tifton GA 192 Closed
Valdosta GA Clean Energy Site Only Closed
Vienna GA 398 Closed

Alabama:
Dothan
Satsuma
Theodore/Mobile

Florida:
Dade City
Jasper
Marianna
Midway
Ocala
Quincy
Tampa
Waldo
Wildwood

Georgia:
Lake Park
Valdosta

Supply Conditions:
Our supply and transportation teams are working hard to ensure that product remains available at these travel center locations.  Please expect high gas traffic into these areas as the storm approaches the coast.

Questions? Contact ACE Heavy Haul

ACE’s Safety Team is committed to driver education and training to ensure drivers are continuously safe on the road and compliant with the latest laws. Contact us if you have more questions.