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  • OTRI.USA
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  • OTVI.USA
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    0.020
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  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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  • WAIT.USA
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  • ITVI.USA
    15,536.540
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  • OTLT.USA
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  • OTRI.USA
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  • OTVI.USA
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    69.970
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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Truckers to hit more flooding in South Central states

Potential repeated downpours Thursday could lead to high water in eastern Texas and lower Mississippi Valley

The threat for more slow-moving thunderstorms and repeated downpours is looming over the South Central states.


Related: More major flooding expected this week in Deep South


Lake Charles, Louisiana, had a daily record 12.49 inches of rain Monday, which became the third-wettest day in the city’s history. So far, it’s the also the city’s third-wettest May on record. Major flooding prompted water rescues, and Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency.

Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development shut down a section of Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge because of flooding.

Wednesday was relatively calm, but areas of massive rain amounts could return Thursday.

With low pressure just west of the region, and high pressure to the east, there’s been a constant fetch of moisture streaming into the region all week from the Gulf of Mexico. Only a few more inches of rain could cause problems in parts of eastern Texas, including Beaumont, Port Arthur and Longview, as well as places from New Orleans to Little Rock, Arkansas. The National Weather Service still has flash flood watches posted for these areas.

Truckers trying to move through these areas may have to stop at times due to blinding rain, flooded roads and potential closures.

Any air cargo entering/leaving Louis Armstrong International Airport (ICAO code: MSY) in New Orleans or Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (ICAO code: LIT) in Little Rock may be delayed. Also, loading/unloading of freight could be delayed at intermodal ramps.

The latest FreightWaves SONAR data shows medium to high levels of freight available for carriers in markets that may be hit with flooding (red outlined area on map below). This is shown by the Outbound Tender Volume Index (OTVI), an index of electronically tendered volumes on a given day.


(Map: FreightWaves SONAR Outbound Tender Volume index (OTVI). To learn more about FreightWaves SONAR, click here.)

Markets shaded in blue indicate areas with elevated levels of outbound loads being offered by shippers to carriers. These are some of the places where drivers are most likely headed to pick up freight, leading to tight capacity.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

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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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