Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Delivery Service on East Coast

Oct 30, 2012 1:58 AM  By

As Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast today, affecting about 50 million people from the Mid-Atlantic states to Canada, the country’s major shipping companies incurred interruptions to some of its delivery areas.

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On its Service Alerts page, FedEx posted an announcement that said: “FedEx is closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our team members, as well as providing the highest level of service to our customers. Although contingency plans are in place, some service delays and disruptions may be anticipated in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and North Carolina. FedEx is committed to providing service to the best of our ability in areas that can be safely accessed.”

The U.S. Postal Service said FedEx, which transports priority, express and some first class mail, canceled service to a number of locations today including Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Bradley International Airport (Windsor Locks, CT); Dulles, VA; Harrisburg, PA; Lehigh Valley, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, RI; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Stewart Airport, NY; and Washington, DC.

The USPS has its latest news regarding delivery areas affected by Hurricane Sandy on its mail service updates page. USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer said in an email today that “conditions will continue to change rapidly in areas affected by Sandy, and managers in all impacted areas will evaluate local conditions and make decisions based on whether our carriers can safely deliver the mail.”

UPS is reporting unavoidable service delays in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

Jim Tierney (jim.tierney@penton.com) is a senior writer for Multichannel Merchant. You can connect with him on Twitter (TierneyMCM) and LinkedIn, or call him at 203-358-4265.