Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday, Aug. 28, temporarily suspending hours of service regulations for truck drivers providing direct assistance in the aftermath of the storm.
The powerful storm will strengthen over the coming days and has the potential to become a Category 4 as it barrels toward the southeastern United States, according to the National Hurricane Center. Dorian is expected to make landfall on the eastern Florida coast sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.
The National Hurricane Center forecast Thursday that Hurricane Dorian could reach maximum winds of 130 mph within 72 hours.
The emergency declaration is effective in 26 Florida counties – Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Volusia and Union.
As long as the declaration is active, truckers engaged in specific aspects of emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (electrical, sewer, water and telecommunications) or essential supplies (food, water, medical supplies and fuel), are exempt from hours of service regulations.
The declaration is effective through Oct. 28 unless it is extended or canceled.
Pilot Flying J Daily Operation Calls
Pilot Flying J has implemented daily operation calls regarding Hurricane Dorian, and will send out updates to our store operations as conditions warrant.
All Pilot or Flying J locations in the current path of this storm are open and operational.
Our supply and transportation teams are working hard to ensure that product remains available at the travel center locations. Please expect high gas traffic into these areas as the storm approaches the coast.
Important Information links:
National Hurricane Center (National Weather Service): https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Storm Prediction Center (National Weather Service): https://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Pilot Flying J (store locator map): https://www.pilotflyingj.com/store-locator/
Florida Emergency Management Site http://www.floridadisaster.org/info/
Florida Road Conditions/Contraflow/Closures https://fl511.com
Florida Power Outage Map https://poweroutage.us/area/state/florida