ALG Connect Weather Alert: Tropical Storm Barry Becomes Second Named Storm of 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Tropical Storm Barry Becomes Second Named Storm of 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Storm Surge Warning Issued

Tropical Storm Barry became the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season Thursday, and may make landfall as a hurricane along the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, bringing major flooding rainfall, storm-surge flooding and high winds to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Hurricane watches are in effect in southern Louisiana from the mouth of the Mississippi River westward to Cameron, Louisiana. This means hurricane conditions are possible in the area within the next 48 hours. Tropical storm watches have now been extended to cover the Mississippi Gulf Coast, in addition to a section of southeastern Louisiana from the mouth of the Mississippi River northward to the mouth of the Pearl River at the border with Mississippi. This watch includes the New Orleans metro area and Lake Pontchartrain.  Storm-surge watches are in effect from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border and also from the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.


Barry will be steered westward or northwestward through the northern Gulf of Mexico in the direction of Louisiana or Mississippi, then drawn inland this weekend into the lower Mississippi Valley through a gap between a high-pressure systems in the Rockies and an extension of the Bermuda high over the Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula. Barry may be able to gain enough strength to become a hurricane prior to landfall. In general, peak water rise from storm surge will occur along and to the east of Barry's track near landfall, anytime from late Friday night into Saturday.

CSX Customer Advisory: CSX Monitors Potential Tropical Storm Barry

CSX is taking precautions to protect employees, rail traffic and infrastructure from potential Tropical Storm Barry, which is currently forming in the Gulf of Mexico. Meteorologists are forecasting that the severe weather in the northern Gulf is likely to form into a strong tropical storm (or possible hurricane) that will make landfall on the Gulf Coast over the weekend.

Although the ultimate impact of the storm on CSX operations is uncertain, customers with shipments scheduled to move through the New Orleans gateway over the weekend are advised to be prepared for potential service disruptions. CSX will continue to monitor the development and path of the storm and provide customer updates as additional information becomes available.

The CSX Customer Support team is available to provide details and answer questions regarding shipments. Call the Customer Support team at 1-877-ShipCSX (1-877-744-7279) option 4, then 2 for Intermodal assistance OR option 5, then 6 for Carload assistance. You may also submit a Shipment Problem Resolution request via  



Derailment Impacting Operations South of Caliente, Nevada; Tropical Storm Impacts Interchange at New Orleans
Announcement Number: CN2019-53


To Our Customers,

A derailment south of Caliente, Nevada, is impacting rail shipments moving between Salt Lake City and Southern California. Trains will be rerouted around the affected area on a limited basis. Customers with rail shipments moving through the impacted area can expect delays between 24 and 48 hours.

Monitoring Tropical Storm Barry
We are also monitoring Tropical Storm Barry developing in the Gulf of Mexico. Rail traffic interchanged with eastern carriers at New Orleans has been restricted, as flood gates were closed this afternoon. Traffic moving through New Orleans will be rerouted through alternative locations until the storm passes. Union Pacific has placed embargoes for the locations of New Orleans and Avondale due to the gate closures and potential flooding.

Hurricane Preparedness
Customers should familiarize themselves with our Hurricane Planning and Recovery plan now in the event the storm is upgraded. The web page covers best practices to follow during the hurricane season.

Embargo Notifications
Sign up to receive Union Pacific embargo hold notices by logging into our notification dashboard (user ID and password required) and selecting
Embargo Hold. You may also sign up to receive all AAR embargo announcements. By subscribing, you will be notified when your rail car(s) is subject to an active embargo and will receive detailed information on what action is required.

Please note, original billing to an embargoed destination must always be submitted with a valid embargo permit. If a valid embargo permit has not been obtained, please discontinue billing to the embargoed destination until a valid embargo permit is acquired or the embargo has been lifted. If an embargoed rail car is billed without a valid embargo permit, Union Pacific reserves the right to send the rail car(s) back to origin.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care & Support at 800-272-8777 or your Union Pacific representative.


We recognize the severe impact that current conditions are having on our customers and we are committed to restoring service levels as quickly as possible. As a result of these weather issues, the ALG Client Service Team will send daily updates as we monitor the storm’s progress and track job level impact.