Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Irma

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma is causing major mail delays

Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded in history and is a dangerous threat to the United States.

The Category 5 Hurricane, with sustained winds of 185 mph, slammed the eastern Caribbean islands and is aiming to hit the U.S. mainland over the weekend into early next week.

Wednesday, Sept. 6:  Hurricane Irma leveled out Barbuda, damaging 95% of its buildings and leaving the island “barely habitable.”

Since then Irma has battered the British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and northern parts of Puerto Rico, causing complete devastation to many islands, which include St Martin, Anguilla, and St Thomas.

Storm surge is a major threat that will likely cause dangerous flooding and mudslides to affected areas.

Thursday, Sept. 7:  The Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic and Northwestern Bahamas are at high risk and catastrophic damage is probable.

Friday, Sept. 8:  Hurricane Irma has weakened to a category 4 storm but still remains dangerous for the southeastern United States.

Saturday, Sept. 9:  The storm is poised to bring high damaging and life-threatening winds with destructive hurricane conditions to the Florida Keys, South and potentially West Florida on Saturday night and make landfall the morning of Sunday, Sept. 10th.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for southern Florida while hurricane watches are under effect into central Florida. In preparation, many flight cancellations and delays, airport and road closures, as well as evacuations, have already begun.

Severe weather will impact the transport, processing, and delivery of inbound & outbound mail operations in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and surrounding areas until further notice. 

UPDATE – Wednesday, Sept. 13:

After Hurricane Irma made landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Florida Keys and eventually to the west coast of Florida, Irma weakened into a Tropical Storm.  Irma’s path made its way across Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, producing widespread rainfall that engulfed the southeastern region, causing dangerous flash flooding conditions with isolated locations receiving 20 inches of rain or more.  In addition to heavy rain, damaging winds, coastal surge and short-lived tornadoes, many are still without power and gas shortages have occurred.

The storm created lasting disruptive effects across all supply chains.  Delays are expected during this time as crews are working to restore areas impacted by the storm and eventually resume normal operations.

Freight and Ground Carrier service continues to be suspended in some areas of Florida and Georgia.

Instituto Postal Dominicano, the designator operator of the Dominican Republic, announced that all postal services to the Dominican Republic have been suspended, as a result of Hurricane Irma, a major Category 5 storm, which hit the country in the early hours of 7 September 2017 with wind speeds of 290 km/h.

 As always we will continue to keep you updated as new details are released.

 


 

USPS Service Updates:

The South Florida District is suspending ALL operations in the following offices, effective September 6, 2017. 

There will be no Retail Services, No Delivery Operations and no Drop Shipments in these offices effective immediately through close of business Monday, September 11, 2017.

Priority Mail Express and the shipment of LIVES to these offices has also been suspended through close of business Monday, September 11, 2017:

  • Key West, Flagler Key West, 2764 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West FL 33040-3931
  • Islamorada, 82801 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada FL 33036-9998
  • Key Colony Beach, 600 W Ocean Dr, Key Colony Beach FL 33051-9800
  • Key Largo, 100100 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo FL 33037-9998
  • Key West, 400 Whitehead St, Key West FL 33040-9998
  • Long Key, 400 Whitehead St, Key West FL 33040-9998
  • Marathon, 5171 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-9998
  • Marathon, Marathon Shores, 11400 Overseas Hwy, Ste 120, Marathon FL 33050-9997
  • Summerland Key, 24700 Overseas Hwy, Summerland Key FL 33042-9998
  • Tavernier, 91220 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier FL 33070-9998

Priority Mail Express to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has been suspended until further notice.

The following offices will suspend operations Wednesday, Sept. 6:

Puerto Rico:

  • Vieques Post Office, 00765
  • Culebra Post Office, 00775

St. Thomas Island:

  • Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas Main Post Office), 00802
  • East End Station (Tutu Mall), 00802
  • Emancipation Gardens, 00802
  • Havensight Mall Station, 00802
  • Veterans Drive Station, 00802

St. Croix Island:

  • Christiansted Post Office, 00820
  • Downtown Station, 00820
  • Frederiksted Post Office, 00840
  • Gallows Station Fin, 00820
  • Kingshill Post Office, 00850
  • Sunny Isles Station, 00820

St. John Island:

  • Cruz Bay Post Office, 00830

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