Information and updates regarding Hurricanes will be posted below.
November 11, 2020:
November 4, 2020:
October 27, 2020:
The FMCSA Regional Waiver for Sally was in effect on Sept. 15 and expired Oct. 14. The FMCSA Regional Waiver for Delta was in effect on Oct. 7 and expires on Nov. 6.
Sally Executive Order’s 20-224 and 20-225 expire November 13th.
Effective immediately, emergency response vehicles such as, but not limited to, utility vehicles, bucket trucks, and electric utility supply trucks responding to Tropical Storm Zeta are given authorization to bypass all FDOT weigh station facilities thru November 4, 2020. This authorization does not include vehicles that require permits to operate on Florida’s roadways. This authorization does not relieve size and weight restrictions. This bypass letter only applies weigh stations and to vehicles traveling in convoy.
This effort has been coordinated with personnel with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Department of Agriculture to expedite emergency response.
*PLEASE NOTE*- Fuel trucks are already covered under the bypass memo as long as they are not using the Emergency Road Use Permit Letter (weight relief) and they are traveling in convoy. Fuel trucks don’t typically travel in convoy and typically want to use the Emergency Road Use Permit Letter. The Emergency Road Use Permit (weight relief) for Hurricane Sally ends today. The bypass letter is primarily for utility companies because their vehicles don’t need the Emergency Road Use Permit Letter and they travel in convoy.
September 15, 2020
FMCSA Amended Regional Emergency Declaration
TROPICAL STORM LAURA
August 21, 2020:
Executive Order 20-208
July 31, 2020:
September 3, 2019:
1:30pm Fuel Industry Call- Homeland Security expected to clear Port Everglades and re-open for fuel by 4pm today.
September 2, 2019:
In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, FLHSMV state offices in the following Florida counties will be CLOSED Tuesday, September 3, for non-essential personnel.
JAXPORT terminals are now closed to incoming vessels. The Port of Jax is under Hurricane Condition YANKEE as of 8 a.m. Monday. JAXPORT's offices & facilities are closed Tues. & Wed: https://bit.ly/2NCCUjx
Governor DeSantis has directed the suspension of tolls on Florida’s Turnpike Mainline, and selected toll roads across the state.
The toll suspensions include the following:
The Turnpike Mainline (SR 91), including the -Homestead Extension (SR 821)
Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869)
Beachline Expressway (SR 528)
SR 417 - Eastern beltway around Orlando from I-4 in Osceola County to I-4 in Seminole County.
SR 429 - The Daniel Webster Western Beltway from I-4 in Osceola County to US 441 in Apopka.
I-95 Express Lanes
I-595 Express Lanes
I-75 Express Lanes
Tolls suspended as announced by the Central Florida Expressway Authority:
September 1, 2019:
FMCSA toll free Emergency Declaration number is: 877-831-2250 for questions regarding the FMCSA Regional Declaration
OST Routing Assistance number will open tomorrow. The number is:1-833-99ROADS or 1-833-997-6237
1:00pm: The U.S. Coast Guard intends to set Port Condition ZULU for Hurricane Dorian as of 6 PM today, Sunday, September 1, which means sustained tropical storm force winds are expected to reach South Florida within 12 hours. At that time, Port Everglades will be closed to all operations unless specifically approved by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port. Port Everglades has received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard to allow petroleum trucks to continue making deliveries to retail gas stations until early Monday morning or until winds reach 35 miles per hour for safety reasons. Visit www.porteverglades.net for more information.
Updated evacuation orders:
Glades County - Voluntary/Phased
Voluntary evacuations are being ordered starting at 5pm tonight (08/30/2019) for all low lying areas, mobile home parks and RV parks for the following communities: Moore haven, Palmdale, Lakeport, Washington Park, Buckhead Ridge and Uncle Joe Fish Camp.
Hendry County - Voluntary/Phased
(August 30, 2019) – LaBelle, Fla. – Voluntarily evacuation for residents who live in low-lying, flood prone areas as well as residents who live in RV’s or mobile homes to a safer structure. Residents are encouraged to evacuate tens of miles away from current location to secure homes of family member or friends no later than Saturday evening. Hendry County will open shelters to the public beginning at 4pm on Saturday, August 31. Residents who live on the eastern side of Hendry County who need to evacuate are encouraged to evacuate to shelters in LaBelle.
Indian River County - Voluntary/Phased
Voluntary evacuations for the barrier islands, east of US 1, manufactured homes, and substandard homes.
Martin County - Mandatory
Mandatory evacuations of Zones A-B will go into affect at 1300 today. This includes Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island, Sewall's Point, low lying areas, and mobile and manufactured homes.
Osceola County - Voluntary/Phased
Osceola County issued a voluntary evacuation for low lying areas and manufactured and mobile homes to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
Palm Beach County - Mandatory
Mandatory evacuation order for those who live in Zone A and Zone B. Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion. Zone B includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.
August 31, 2019:
Port of Fernandina – X-Ray – Expected to remain @ X-Ray for the next 24 hours
Port of Jacksonville - X-Ray – Expected to remain @ X-Ray for the next 24 hours
Port Canaveral – Yankee as of 1700 today
Port Palm Beach - Yankee with Restrictions
Port of Miami - Yankee with Restrictions
Port of Fort Pierce - Yankee with Restrictions
If a storm affects the state, one of the primary goals will be the rapid restoration of local businesses that provide essential goods and services to the community. Local elected officials and law enforcement officers will work together to determine when an area is safe enough for individuals to return.
Individuals and businesses seeking to provide essential commodities and services to impacted areas will be allowed re-entry by possessing and presenting to local officials:
• A valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport;
• Proof of employment, such as employer credentials, business card or a letter on employer letterhead; and
• A demonstrated need to enter the area, such as a work order, inventory list or employer authorization. Local officials know their communities and are well-suited to facilitate a safe and timely reentry process.
If you are unable to re-enter an area that has been deemed safe after a disaster, or if you experience an issue with a curfew order, please contact the Private Sector Hotline at 850-815-4925 or email ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
1:30pm: Fuel industry update: The average fuel fill-up has been 5-8 gallons in South Florida, which drove up demands, resulting in short term shortages. The Turnpike is reporting normal supply north of Port St Lucie. All ports still open and supplying fuel.
August 30, 2019:
IRS announces waiver of dyed fuel penalty in Florida. To minimize or prevent disruptions to the supply of fuel for diesel-powered highway vehicles, the IRS announced today it will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway in the State of Florida. This relief is effective immediately. Consistent with the EPA waiver for Florida allowing the sale, distribution, and use of red dyed Non-Road Diesel Locomotive and Marine fuel in the State of Florida for use in highway diesel vehicles, this relief will remain in effect through Sept. 15, 2019. This penalty relief is available to any person that sells or uses dyed fuel for highway use. In the case of the operator of the vehicle in which the dyed fuel is used, the relief is available only if the operator or the person selling the fuel pays the tax of 24.4 cents per gallon that is normally applied to diesel fuel for highway use. The IRS will not impose penalties for failure to make semimonthly deposits of this tax. IRS Publication 510, Excise Taxes, has information on the proper method for reporting and paying the tax.
3:30pm: President signs Emergency declaration for Florida. FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Dorian beginning on Aug. 28 and continuing.
1:30pm: Fuel Industry Call: All terminal operations have been cleared to continue to operate by Homeland Security; keeping racks open for as long as possible. Reentry documents are being prepared.
1:30pm: Pursuant to Executive Order 19-189 and 19-190 Section 4.E.6., Commissioner Fried has directed that the size and weight restrictions be waived for the following agricultural commodities: all citrus crops; sugarcane; timber; avocados; peanuts; and livestock.
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August 29, 2019:
5:30pm: FMCSA has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, PR and VI. This declaration provides emergency relief for the transport of supplies, equipment, fuel and people.
3:30pm- Governor Ron DeSantis has expanded the State of Emergency (EO-190) to include the entire state.
Through Executive Order 19-189, Governor DeSantis waived hours of service and truck weights for fuel trucks. Additionally, the State of Florida is requesting surrounding states, such as Alabama and Georgia, waive requirements as well while trucks move throughout the Southeast in preparation of Hurricane Dorian.
The State of Florida is working with industry partners to identify additional resources, including trucks, staff, etc. to distribute more fuel throughout the state.
Florida officials are working with ports along the East Coast of Florida to monitor resources and assist with closures and re-openings.
FLHSMV Emergency Order regarding HOS, registration requirements, etc.
Emergency Road Use Permit Letter issued pursuant to Executive Order 17-235 and the Emergency Order issued pursuant to Executive Order 17-235.
Please note these Emergency Orders INCLUDE fuel trucks, as fuel is considered an emergency supply.
The Emergency Road Use Permit Letter must be used in conjunction with the referenced maps for overweight vehicles only. All files will be available at the following website: www.fdot.gov/maintenance/owodpermits.shtm.