24 Sep Florence’s Aftermath Disrupts North Carolina Port Operations
The Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina will keep their truck gate operations closed through Monday, September 24 as the recovery from Hurricane Florence continues. Vessel operations are expected to resume more quickly, and port employees returned to work Thursday.
Trucks could have difficulty reaching the Port of Wilmington even if its gates were open. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said Thursday that about 750 roads remained closed in the state, including sections of I-40 and I-95. Key routes into Wilmington that were opened Tuesday have since been closed again due to flooding, leaving no “safe, reliable way” into the city, NCDOT officials said. To make matters worse, U.S. 17 could close this weekend as floodwaters continue to rise north of the city. The Cape Fear River posted a gauge height of 35 feet at Tar Heel, NC on Thursday, well above the peaks measured during Hurricane Floyd and Hurricane Matthew.