We had a telecom this morning at 8 a.m. with the postal service on their preparation for hurricane Florence. We have scheduled teleconferences at 8am and 7pm each day continuing until Sunday.
An update from this morning meeting is as follow. Hurricane Florence information has changed a good bit since last evening. The eye is expected to make landfall on Friday, once hitting land fall the storm is now projected to make a southern turn going south and cross northern parts of South Carolina and the southern parts of North Carolina as it travels west. Currently hurricane Florence is moving west northwest at 17 mph with winds at 130 mph. Tropical storm winds are to begin on Thursday. Fayetteville is expected to get 7 to 10 inches of rain throughout the weekend. The Raleigh and Greensboro are projected to get 5 to 7 inches of rain and the Charlotte area is projected to receive 7 to 10 inches of rain. The eastern area of the state is expecting rain Thurs thru Sat and the western area of the state is expecting rain Sat thru Tues. We are expecting extreme flash and river flooding for at least a week. Tornados have the greatest chance east of Interstate 95 on Thursday and there is a slight chance of tornados throughout the state on Thursday. The entire state will have some kind of tropical storm force winds starting on Thursday night. We are expecting power outages throughout the state over the weekend and parts of next week.
You will be having town halls and stand up talks in the plants twice per tour. In the retail stations you will be having town halls and stand up talks twice per day. Please update all of your emergency contact information with the postal service, (your contact number, your mailing and residential address and your emergency contact person and their number). When updating your emergency contact please do it via Liteblue if at all possible. If you are in an affected area and cannot be reached the inspection service will have to come to your residence to verify you are okay. The postal service is making arrangements for generators and they are being tested. The postal service is obtaining bottled water and MREs to have readily available if needed. The unions are being informed as best as possible.
We may be working mail for other areas or other area may have to work our mail according to the direction of the storm. Please be flexible and understanding as possible as we try to make through this crisis. You may want to make sure your personal vehicle has gas. Gas may become a problem at a later date this week. Your safety is first and foremost. I will be updating you as often as possible.