• ITVI.USA
    13,795.070
    81.410
    0.6%
  • OTRI.USA
    26.560
    -0.120
    -0.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    13,740.380
    64.000
    0.5%
  • TLT.USA
    2.720
    -0.060
    -2.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.670
    0.130
    5.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    2.930
    0.280
    10.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.320
    -0.020
    -1.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.040
    0.050
    1.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.740
    0.050
    3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.210
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    108.000
    5.000
    4.9%
  • ITVI.USA
    13,795.070
    81.410
    0.6%
  • OTRI.USA
    26.560
    -0.120
    -0.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    13,740.380
    64.000
    0.5%
  • TLT.USA
    2.720
    -0.060
    -2.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.670
    0.130
    5.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    2.930
    0.280
    10.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.320
    -0.020
    -1.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.040
    0.050
    1.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.740
    0.050
    3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.210
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    108.000
    5.000
    4.9%
InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Heavy ongoing rainfall may flood more roads from Midwest to Southeast (with forecast video)

Heavy spring rains could slow down truckers and freight flows from Ohio to the Carolinas over the next two days.

SONAR Critical Events and radar: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 9 a.m. EDT

This has nothing to do with Tropical Storm Arthur, which produced wind gusts close to 50 mph and 4 to 5 inches of rainfall in parts of eastern North Carolina yesterday. That storm has moved farther out to sea and will no longer impact the United States.

A different low pressure system, centered near western Kentucky, has been dumping heavy rainfall from the Ohio Valley to the Carolinas since yesterday. The National Weather Service (NWS) has reported several areas of flash flooding, and flash flood watches remain in place across dozens of counties.

Some areas could get drenched 5 or 6 inches of total rainfall today through tomorrow as the system spins over the same general region. Additional periods of downpours could cause rapid rises of rivers, creeks and streams. Potential flooding may result in road and ramp closures from Columbus, Ohio to Charlotte, North Carolina, both fairly large freight markets.

Based on the latest updates this morning in FreightWaves SONAR, Columbus and Charlotte rank 10th and 18th, respectively, regarding total outbound volumes. Columbus accounts for around 2.2% of the nation’s outbound freight, while Charlotte accounts for around 1.6%.

SONAR Ticker: OTMS (Outbound Tender Market Share) Tree Map

Other cities at risk of flash flooding include, but are not limited to Cincinnati, Ohio; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Even after the threat of heavy rainfall ends Wednesday night/early Thursday, the flooding risk will continue for a day or two.

Have a great day! Please stay healthy and be careful out there!

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.
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