Monday, December 11, 2017 – Natural events are disrupting service in several parts of the United States.
California is currently under siege by fast-moving, deadly wildfires. There are now 5 major wildfires (covering more than a quarter of a million acres) burning in Southern California fanned by continued Santa Ana Winds of up to 60 miles per hour (mph) and low humidity. The blazes resulted in downed power lines and charred thousands of structures, closing businesses and schools in the area. Evacuations continue even as officials try to make headway in their firefighting efforts
Yet the East Coast is dealing with a much different extreme. On the heels of Winter Storm Benji, which dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the South on Friday before blanketing the Northeast, more snow is expected to spread into the eastern Great Lakes and parts of the Appalachians and Northeast tonight into early Tuesday morning, creating slippery roadways across the interior Northeast. Areas may be still recovering from Benji today, as several homes and business remain without power and commuters take to what may be slippery roadways. The National Weather Service has announced winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings, and winter storm watches from Upstate New York through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
These types of event often results in pickup and delivery delays and disruptions in the affected regions. Operations may have been suspended until it is deemed safe to resume service.