Hurricane Dorian Downgraded But Still a Threat

More HOS waivers are issued as the now Category 2 storm heads toward the Eastern seaboard.

September 04, 2019

FREEPORT, Bahamas—Hurricane Dorian has finally left the Bahamas after dumping inches of rain and whipping the island with 110 mph winds, the New York Times reports. Dorian is one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, hovering over the Bahamas for more than two days.

The storm, now downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, was forecast to travel north up the eastern coast of Florida early this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Dorian will likely continue to move northward up the Georgia and South Carolina coastlines late tonight, reaching the North Carolina and Virginia coasts by week’s end.

While the storm has weakened in strength, it has gained size, and hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 60 miles from the center yesterday. Dangerous storm surges are anticipated along Florida’s Atlantic coastline.

North of Florida, evacuation orders have been issued along the coasts of Georgia up through North Carolina, with meteorologists predicting the hurricane could bring storm surges, dangerous winds and tornadoes to those states today and tomorrow.

Amid natural disasters, residents and first responders rely on convenience stores and gas stations to be open so they can buy much-needed supplies of fuel, food and water and access to automated teller machines. NACS developed its “Stay Open in an Emergency" video and other resources to help convenience retailers develop and execute disaster planning procedures. The NACS Convenience Store Emergency Planning and Job Aid resources assist c-stores as they plan, prepare and recover from a disaster.


NACS Daily has been tracking the storm and compiling state waivers to federal hours of service (HOS) work rules for truck drivers, as well as waivers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements and Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) comingling and diesel fuel.

Here are the latest waivers issued due to Dorian:

  • IRS waiver: The IRS waived tax penalties when dyed diesel fuel is sold and used for highway use in Florida, effective August 30 through September 15.
  • Kentucky
    • Waives hours of service (HOS) for “commercial vehicles and/or transporters of relief supplies including food, water, medicine, fuel, and other commodities within the affected areas.” In effect until September 29. 
  • North Carolina
    • Waives HOS and certain fuel tax requirements for “persons transporting essential fuels, food, water, medical supplies, feed for livestock and poultry.” Certain size and weight restrictions were also waived. In effect for 30 days.
  • South Carolina
    • Declared a state of emergency, which triggers a federal HOS waiver for up to 30 days. The state of emergency is in effect for 15 days.
  • Tennessee
    • Declared a state of emergency, including waiving hours of service, for “the operator of a commercial motor vehicle providing equipment, supplies, utility crews, and other personnel to assist in the anticipated recovery from Hurricane Dorian.” In effect through September 30.
  • Virginia
    • Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Monday.