Current impacts of Hurricane Dorian on ports and rail networks along the East Coast.

September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is currently a dangerous Category 3 hurricane expected to move close to the east coast of Florida late tonight through Wednesday evening, making its way northeast towards Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday. Tracks of the hurricane are still uncertain but impacts are expected.


Current port conditions are as follows:

  • The Port of Miami and Port of Jacksonville are closed; reopen date, TBD.
  • The Georgia Ports Authority has shut down operations in both the Brunswick and Savannah locations on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4; reopen date, TBD.
  • South Carolina Ports Authority marine terminals in Charleston and Georgetown will be closed Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5. All terminals will reopen Friday, September 6 at 0900.
  • North Carolina Port Authority terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City, are currently operating under port condition X-RAY, a condition in which gale force winds are possible within 48 hours. Please note, as of today, no export refrigerated cargo will be received at the container facility at the Port of Wilmington.
    • Based on the forecasted track and the anticipated arrival of tropical storm winds, commercial gate hours at the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City will now operate 0700-1200 Wednesday, September 4.
  • Virginia Port Authority is currently operating under port condition X-RAY, as gale force winds are expected to reach the Virginia Capes within 48 hours. The Port of Virginia remains open to all vessel traffic and commercial activities, however all mariners are advised to take prudent actions in preparation of approaching severe weather.


Current rail conditions are as follows:

  • Florida East Coast Railway has temporarily suspended regularly scheduled train service effective 2359 Friday, August 30. Ramp closures are still in effect until further notice as scheduled in link.
  • Norfolk Southern remains open but has commenced planning for Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to affect NS rail operations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic early this week.
  • CSX remains open with no gate restrictions, but are closely monitoring the storm path. Be advised that CSX customers in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas may experience service disruptions as a result of Hurricane Dorian.


Delays are to be expected as Hurricane Dorian continues making its way up the east coast of the USA.  We will update you as additional information becomes available.


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