Thursday, January 18, 2018: Update
Winter Storm Inga left its mark on the South, shutting down the region with a wide swath of snow and ice from Tuesday to Thursday. As of today, some of the Southern states impacted by the system have begun to resume normalcy: power outages dwindled and roads began to reopen as the storm moved out. However, many schools and businesses remain closed and dangerous cold temperatures persist in some areas. Freight transportation may experience delays or disruptions due to weather conditions in the affected area.
Wintry conditions are currently impacting areas shaded in blue.
Port of Houston Update
All Port Houston facilities and truck gates are OPEN and operating with normal hours today.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018: UPDATE
Winter Storm Inga moved into the South on Tuesday, knocking out power and disrupting travel in its wake. Service is being affected in some areas due to road closures, impassable roadways and bridges, detours and slow traffic. Schools and businesses closed and there are reports of more than 100,000 homes/businesses without power. Law enforcement officials are requesting that residents remain off roadways through at least early afternoon today, as some primary highways and interstates in the affected regions are impassable.
Wintry conditions are currently impacting areas shaded in blue with hard freeze warning and watches shaded in orange.
Port of Houston: Update 01/17/2018
“Due to the continues impacts of the winter storm and frozen equipment at our facilities, all port of Houston facilities will be closed today Wednesday, January 17. This includes the container terminals, Turning Basin facilities and the executive building. We are continue to monitor conditions and are expected to resume operations on Thursday, January 18.”
– Port of Houston – porthouston.com
Tuesday, January 16, 2018: UPDATE
Service is being affected in some areas due to current weather conditions. A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will impact portions of the South today and snowfall is expected along the East coast from New England to the Carolinas over the next couple of days. Freight transportation disruptions including dangerous travel condition (i.e. road closures, detours and slow traffic due to impassable roadways and bridges), closed businesses, and possible power outages are expected. This may lead to chaotic supply chains and capacity constraints.
Port of Houston Closure:
Due to this deteriorating weather conditions and ice beginning to form on container handling equipment, The Port of Houston closed today Jan 16th at 12:00 noon ET. They will continue to update the public throughout the day and evening and will open the port as soon as they deem safe.
Once the Port reopens it is expected that road conditions will be slow and traffic will increase significantly in the area. Experts warn that the effects of the weather on the supply chain could last for weeks and increased costs may incur due to factors beyond everyone’s control.
Odyssey will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds.