Monitoring Tropical Storms in the Gulf of Mexico

Aug 24, 2020

BNSF is monitoring two tropical storms for potential impact on train operations in the Gulf Coast region. Tropical Storm Marco is expected to make landfall later today in southeastern Louisiana. While Marco is a weakening storm, flood gates in and around New Orleans have been closed, which affects traffic interchanging with eastern carriers. Due to these gate closures and flooding concerns, BNSF is holding all New Orleans-bound trains from moving into the area and re-routing traffic as needed.

Tropical Storm Laura, currently located off the southwest coast of Cuba, is moving northwest into the Gulf of Mexico and will likely strengthen into a hurricane on Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center indicates that Laura will make landfall somewhere between Houston and New Orleans late Wednesday.

We have activated an around-the-clock command center, and our operating teams are in communication with other rail carriers as well as local, state and federal emergency personnel. Additional resources have been staged at various locations to quickly address any impacts to the network.

If you have questions about your shipment(s), please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673.

We will continue to provide customers with further updates.