Hurricane Florence

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Published: September 10, 2018 / Updated: September 20, 2018

[Update: September 20, 2018]
Flooding across the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence is expected to worsen over the next couple of days. Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina, leaving over 160,000 customers without power across North Carolina. Many areas remain cut off by floodwaters and inundated roads, including sections of I-95 and I-40.
The slow-moving storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, has since been downgraded to a tropical depression and moved into the U.S. northeast.

A Note From USPS: “The remnants of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall as a hurricane last Friday in North Carolina, has left behind a wide path of destruction. Residents across the Carolinas continue to deal with historic flooding. And Florence is still bringing heavy rains to states in the Northeast. We continue to monitor the storm as it makes its exit. Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees. Many Post Offices in the Carolinas still have suspended operations. Additionally, deliveries and other services have been affected.”

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[Update: September 18, 2018]

As remnants of Hurricane Florence move north, many parts of the Northeast are experiencing localized flash flooding as of Tuesday, 9/18.

Although logistics partners have lifted service embargoes on shipments traveling to or through Virginia, South Carolina, and areas of North Carolina, delays in transit and USPS processing are are likely. SCF Fayetteville remains closed until further notice.

A Note From USPS: “Florence, which made landfall Friday as a hurricane, is now a tropical depression but remains a serious threat. The storm continues to dump extreme rainfall amounts, producing flash flooding, river flooding and a risk of landslides. Areas affected include much of North Carolina and portions of South Carolina and southwest Virginia.

We continue to monitor the storm as it tracks inland. Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees. Some Post Offices have suspended operations. Additionally, deliveries and other services in the region will be affected.”

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[Update: September 14, 2018]
Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning and continues to spread heavy rain and strong winds into the Carolinas. The storm is expected to crawl near or along the coast of the Carolinas through Friday, with remnants lingering in parts of the East into early next week.
USPS has issued embargoes on Marketing and Periodical Mail throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. In addition, deliveries to the affected areas were suspended beginning 9/12 and will resume when it is safe to do so. Please keep in mind that there could be potential delays outside of the areas identified above as carriers are focused on driver safety.

 

SA 180911- Hurricane Florence Carolinas update 0914

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[Published: September 10, 2018]

Hurricane Florence will lash the Carolinas beginning late Thursday as an intense Category 4 hurricane with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding in one of the strongest strikes on record for this part of the East Coast. Tuesday morning, a hurricane watch and storm surge watch were issued for the entire coast of North Carolina, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, and the South Carolina coast as far south as Edisto Beach. This includes Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington and the Outer Banks. In addition to nearly 200 Post Office closures, logistics partners are reporting delivery delays to NC, SC, and VA. Deliveries to the affected areas will be suspended beginning Wednesday, September 12 and will resume when it is safe to do so. All products in transit will be stored at the origin location or within our logistics partners network. Please keep in mind that there could be potential delays outside of the areas identified above as carriers are focused on driver safety.

SA 180911- Hurricane Florence Carolinas

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Current Alerts

The following Post Offices remain closed as early as September 11, 2018.

North Carolina

Mid-Carolinas

Due to weather-related impacts from Hurricane Florence, Fayetteville P&DC is closed until further notice.

  • Fayetteville P&DC, 301 Green Street, 28301
    - Commercial First-Class Mail, Marketing Mail and Periodical Mail will be redirected to the Charlotte P&DC-NASS 280
    - All classes of Flats and Parcels (except First-Class Mail) will be redirected to the Fayetteville P&DC Annex-NASS 283AN, 2507 Downing Rd, 28312

The following Post Offices are closed (no retail, delivery, or BMEU services where applicable) until further notice.

  • Lumber Bridge, 28357
  • Mount Olive, 28365
  • Wilmington Main Office, 28401, 28402
  • Burgaw, 28425
  • Fair Bluff, 28439
  • Ivanhoe, 28447
  • Maple Hill, 28454
  • Teachey, 28464
  • Wrightsville Beach, 28480
  • Winnabow, 28479
  • Chinquapin, 28521
  • Davis, 28524
  • Ernul, 28527
  • Maysville, 28555
  • Morehead City, 28557
  • Pollocksville, 28573
  • Pink Hill, 28572
  • Seven Springs, 28578
  • Trenton, 28585

Virginia

As Hurricane Florence threatens the East Coast, the following Post Offices are currently closed (no delivery, no retail services) due to mandatory evacuations in areas prone to flooding or already experiencing flooding:

  • Atlantic, 23303
  • Back Bay, 23457
  • Belle Haven, 23306
  • Oak Hall, 23416
  • Onley, 23418
  • Painter, 23420
  • Pungoteague, 23422
  • Tasley, 23441
  • Temperance, 23442
  • Withams, 23488

South Carolina

Charleston, Hilton Head, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia areas

Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, there is a possibility of late or non-deliveries for some residential and business customers in the 295 area.

The following Post Office has suspended operations until further notice:

  • Nichols, 206 S. Nichols St.,  29581
    • All drop shipments and BME acceptance should be redirected to the Mullins Post Office, 320 N. Main St., 29574.

The following Post Offices are suspending operations (delivery, retail, Drop Shipments, BMEU where applicable) until further notice:

  • Clio, 117 Red Bluff St, 29525
  • Latta, 115 W Main St, 29565
  • Loris, 3085 Broad St, 29569
  • Mc Coll, 201 N Main St, 29570

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Resolved Alerts

North Carolina

Mid-Carolinas

[Resolved as of 9/20]

All Marketing and Periodical Mail classes were previously embargoed with no redirects, with all First-Class Mail be redirected to the following facility:

  • Charlotte P&DC, 2901 Scott Futrell Drive, Charlotte NC 28228

Priority Mail Express and live animals that are destined for the following 3-digit zips; 283, 284, 285 were previously embargoed (not being accepted).

The following Post Offices have resumed normal operations:

  • Aberdeen, 28315
  • Albertson, 28508
  • Alliance, 28509
  • Arapahoe, 28510
  • Ash, 28420
  • Atkinson, 28421
  • Atlantic Beach, 28512
  • Atlantic, 28511
  • Autryville, 28318
  • Ayden, 28513
  • Azalea Station, 28403, 28406
  • Bayboro, 28515
  • Beaufort, 28516
  • Beulaville, 28518
  • Bladenboro, 28320
  • Bolivia, 28422
  • Bolton, 28423
  • Bridgeton, 28519
  • Brunswick, 28424
  • Bunnlevel, 28323
  • Calypso, 28325
  • Cameron, 28326
  • Carolina Beach, 28428
  • Carthage, 28327
  • Castle Hayne, 28429
  • Cedar Island, 28520
  • Cerro Gordo, 28430
  • Chadbourn, 28431
  • Cherry Point – Atlantic Beach, 28532
  • Chesterfield, 29709
  • Clarendon, 28432
  • Clarkton, 28433
  • Cliffdale Station, 28314
  • Clinton, 28328, 28329
  • Comfort, 28522
  • Cordova, 28330
  • Council, 28434
  • Cove City, 28523
  • Cumberland, 28331
  • Currie, 28435
  • Deep Run, 28525
  • Delco, 28436
  • Dogwood Station, 28405
  • Dover, 28526
  • Dublin, 28332
  • Dudley, 28333
  • Dunn, 28334, 28335
  • Elizabethtown, 28337
  • Ellerbe, 28338
  • Emerald Isle, 28594
  • Erwin, 28339
  • Eutaw Station, 28303
  • Evergreen, 28438
  • Fairmont, 28340
  • Faison, 28341
  • Falcon, 28342
  • Fayetteville Main Office, 28302
  • Fort Bragg, 28307
  • Garland, 28441
  • Gibson, 28343
  • Gloucester, 28528
  • Godwin, 28344
  • Grantsboro, 28529
  • Grifton, 28530
  • Hallsboro, 28442
  • Hamlet, 28345
  • Hampstead, 28443
  • Harkers Island, 28531
  • Harrells, 28444
  • Havelock, 28532
  • Haymount Station, 28305
  • Hobucken, 28537
  • Hoffman, 28347
  • Holden Beach , 28462
  • Holly Ridge, 28445
  • Hookerton, 28538
  • Hope Mills, 28348
  • Hubert, 28539
  • Jacksonville, 28540 – 28547
  • Jefferson, 29718
  • Kelly, 28448
  • Kenansville, 28349
  • Kinston, 28501 – 28504
  • Kure Beach, 28449
  • Lafayette Station, 28304, 28309
  • Lagrange, 28551
  • Lake Waccamaw, 28450
  • Lakedale Station, 28306
  • Lakeview, 28350
  • Laurel Hill, 28351
  • Laurinburg, 28352, 28353
  • Leland, 28451
  • Lemon Springs, 28355
  • Lilesville, 28091
  • Linden, 28356
  • Longwood, 28452
  • Lumberton, 28358 – 28360
  • Magnolia Station, 28404, 28411
  • Magnolia, 28453
  • Marietta, 28362
  • Marshallberg, 28553
  • Marshville, 28103
  • Marston, 28363
  • Maury, 28554
  • Maxton, 28364
  • Merritt, 28556
  • Myrtle Grove Station, 28408, 28409, 28412
  • Nakina, 28455
  • New Bern, 28560 – 28564
  • Newport, 28570
  • Newton Grove, 28366
  • Norman, 28367
  • Norwood, 28128
  • Olivia, 28368
  • Oriental, 28571
  • Orrum, 28369
  • Pageland, 29728
  • Parkton, 28371
  • Peachland, 28133
  • Pembroke, 28372
  • Pinebluff, 28373
  • Pinehurst, 28370, 28374
  • Polkton, 28135
  • Pope AFB, 28308
  • Proctorville, 28375
  • Raeford, 28376
  • Red Springs, 28377
  • Rex, 28378
  • Richlands, 28574
  • Riegelwood, 28456
  • Rockingham, 28379, 28380
  • Rocky Point, 28457
  • Rose Hill, 28458
  • Roseboro, 28382
  • Rowland, 28383
  • Saint Pauls, 28384
  • Salemburg, 28385
  • Sealevel (Stacy), 28581
  • Sealevel, 28577
  • Shallotte, 28459
  • Shallotte, 28467 – 28470
  • Shannon, 28386
  • Smyrna (Williston), 28589
  • Smyrna, 28579
  • Sneads Ferry, 28460
  • Snow Hill, 28580
  • Southern Pines, 28387, 28388
  • Southport, 28461, 28465
  • Spring Lake, 28390
  • Stedman, 28391
  • Stella, 28582
  • Stonewall, 28583
  • Supply, 28462
  • Surf City Finance, 28445
  • Swansboro, 28584
  • Tabor City, 28463
  • Tar Heel, 28392
  • Tokay Station, 28301, 28311, 28312
  • Turkey, 28393
  • UNCW (unique), 28407
  • Vanceboro, 28586
  • Vandemere, 28587
  • Vass, 28394
  • Wade, 28395
  • Wadesboro, 28170
  • Wagram, 28396
  • Wallace, 28466
  • Warsaw, 28398
  • White Oak, 28399
  • Whiteville, 28472
  • Willard, 28478
  • Wingate, 28174
  • Winterville, 28590
Greensboro

[Resolved as of 9/20] 

An embargo was previously in place for Priority Mail Express destined for ZIP codes 278 and 279.

Due to hurricane-related weather impacts, the following Post Offices have resumed operations:

  • Edward, 27821
  • Windsor, 27983
  • Goldsboro, 27530
  • Berkeley Station, 27534

All drop shipments and BME for the Chapel Hill MPO, 125 S. Estes Dr., were previously redirected to the Raleigh P&DC, 1 Floretta Place, 27676.

All drop shipments and BME the Goldsboro MPO,  200 N William Street and Berkeley Station 3100 Cashwell Drive were previously redirected to the Clayton Post Office, 604 E Front Street, 27520.

[Resolved as of 9/18]

  • Chapel Hill Main Post Office, 27514

Business Mail Entry (BME) Acceptance and drop shipment services were temporarily suspended beginning Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at 12 a.m. EST for the following processing facility

  • Rocky Mount PDF, 327 E Raleigh Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27801-9908

All Marketing and Periodical Mail classes were previously embargoed with no redirects. All Commercial First-Class Mail drop shipments were redirected to the following facility.

  • Raleigh PDC, 1 Floretta Place, Raleigh, NC 27676-9900
Outer Banks area

[Resolved as of 9/20]

Priority Mail Express and Marketing Mail were temporarily embargoed beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 for the following offices:

  • Rodanthe, 27968
  • Rodanthe, 27972
  • Rodanthe, 27982
  • Avon, 27915
  • Frisco, 27936
  • Buxton, 27920
  • Hatteras, 27943

South Carolina

Charleston, Hilton Head, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia areas

[Resolved as of 9/20]

The following Post Offices have resumed normal operations:

  • Dillon, 300 W. Main St., 29536
  • Green Sea, 3720 Mitchell Sea Rd., 29545
  • Tatum, 104 N. Stanton St., 29594
  • Wallace, 4130 Post Office Dr., 29596
  • Centenary, 4811 S. Highway 41A, 29519

Due to the impacts of Hurricane Florence, there is a possibility of late or non-deliveries for some residential and business customers in the 294, 295, and 299 service areas.

Business Mail Acceptance (BME) and drop shipment services were temporarily suspended until further notice at the following Processing Facility on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

  • Charleston SC P&DC, 27075 Cross County Rd, Charleston, SC 29423-9998

All Marketing and Periodical Mail classes were previously embargoed with no redirects. All Commercial First-Class Mail drop shipments were redirected to the following facility.

  • Columbia P&DC, 2001 Dixiana Rd, Columbia, SC 29292-9998

[Resolved as of 9/18]

  • Cheraw, 248 Market St, 29520

Virginia

Richmond

[Resolved as of 9/15]

  • Achilles, 23001
  • Assawoman, 23302
  • Atlantic, 23303
  • Back Bay, 23457
  • Belle Haven, 23306
  • Bena, 23018
  • Cape Charles, 23310
  • Chincoteague, 23336
  • Craddockville, 23341
  • Fort Story, 23459
  • Grimstead, 23064
  • Gwynn, 23066
  • Harborton, 23389
  • Hudgins, 23076
  • Keller, 23401
  • Locustville, 23404
  • Matthews, 23109
  • Melfa, 23410
  • Moon, 23119
  • Morattico, 22523
  • New Point, 23125
  • Oak Hall, 23416
  • Onemo, 23130
  • Onley, 23418
  • Painter, 23420
  • Port Haywood, 23138
  • Portside Station, 23705
  • Pungoteague, 23422
  • Quinby, 23423
  • Saxis, 23427
  • Susan, 23163
  • Tangier, 23440
  • Tasley, 23441
  • Temperance, 23442
  • Wachapreague, 23480
  • Wallops Island, 23337
  • Willis Wharf, 23486
  • Withams, 23488

The embargo on Priority Mail Express for the following ZIP Codes has been lifted:

  • 233
  • 234
  • 235
  • 236
  • 237