Evan as Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida panhandle Oct. 10, marking one of the strongest storms to hit that area in more than 100 years, state and the federal government continued to issued emergency declarations and implement emergency preparation plans.
Specifically, FMCSA extended its regional emergency declaration covering North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The declaration includes a waiver from hours of service requirements and is in effect until November 9, 2018.
The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration also has issued stays of enforcement and letters to affected state supporting waivers in their jurisdictions, which can help fuel deliveries via pipeline following a storm.
Kentucky declared a state of emergency that included waiving hours of service to ensure adequate supplies of food, clothing, equipment, fuel and other supplies. The waiver is in effect through Nov. 10 and can be found here.
North Carolina declared a state of emergency for the following counties: Alamance, Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Sampson, Scotland, Stokes, Surry, Tyrrell , Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wilson, and Yadkin.
North Carolina also waived hours of service and certain size and weight restrictions to ensure the transport of essentials. These waivers are in effect for 30 days.
Nearly 40 percent of the Gulf of Mexico's oil production and 28 percent of its natural gas production was shut down in advance of the Hurricane. At least 75 platforms were evacuated,including those operated by Anadarko Petroleum, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil, according to the Oct. 10 update from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. An estimated 670,800 barrels per day of oil production and around 726 million cubic feet per day of natural gas production shut down. At least three drilling rigs were evacuated and eight more were moved out of the range of the storm.
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