The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has added Kentucky and Tennessee to the states where it is suspending size and weight, and hours regulations for trucks and drivers hauling essentials to areas in the path of Hurricane Florence.
Included are those hauling fuel, food, water, medicine, medical supplies, livestock, poultry, food for livestock and poultry, crops, and trucks transporting materials for utility restoration and debris removal.
FMCSA late Monday sent out a notice of a regional emergency declaration for Delaware; the District of Columbia; Florida; Georgia; Maryland; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Virginia and West Virginia and Wednesday added Kentucky and Tennessee.
“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later [Thursday], then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area … Friday. A slow motion over eastern South Carolina is forecast Friday night through Saturday night,” the National Hurricane Center said.
North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia coasts could experience prolonged hurricane-force winds and rain.
Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm but still dangerous, could stall upon reaching the U.S. mainland and make a slight turn southward once it hits the Carolinas, according to Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean.
This storm could be a “major flooding event,” she said.