USPS keeping an eye on Hurricane Irene

 August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene Update:

Any impacts to delivery and retail services will be posted in this space as Hurricane Irene continues its projected course.


Atlanta – no issues to report

South Carolina

No issues to report

North Carolina

  • Many offices without power including all of Wilmington City, curtailed delivery in the following ZIP Codes 27505, 27552, 27556, 27559, 27330, 28355, 28368.
  • Postal facilities are closed in the areas under mandatory evacuations and curfews
  • Kinston P&DF, 208 E Caswell St., Kinston, NC 28501 has reported a power outage
  • 63 offices are closed are closed in the Greensboro area


17 postal facilities are closed in the areas under mandatory evacuations and curfews


Postal operations have been suspended in Ocean City and offices on Smith Island

New Jersey

The following ZIP Code areas have curtailed deliveries until Hurricane Irene has passed. Access to PO Boxes is also affected.

08008 Beach Haven
08202 Avalon
08203 Brigantine
08204 Cape May
08212 Cape May Point
08226 Ocean City
08243 Sea Isle City
08247 Stone Harbor
08260 Wildwood
08401 Atlantic City
08402 Margate City
08403 Longport
08406 Ventnor City

RICHMOND, VA – The U.S. Postal Service is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene by advising customers that normal service operations in the path of the storm may be affected in the event of unsafe conditions such as high winds, flooding, or impassable roads. The Capital Metro Area of the Postal Service is closely monitoring the movement of Hurricane Irene as it makes its way up the coast. The storm is not predicted to reach the Virginia area until Saturday afternoon. As a result, USPS operations in the area are expected to proceed normally throughout the weekend.

“We give every consideration to safety,” said USPS Richmond District Manager Jacob Cheeks. “We will ensure that each Post Office is safe for our customers, and we will make sure that our Postal employees are not in harm’s way while performing their duties. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will continue to do so throughout this weekend.”

Depending on local conditions, some Post Offices may temporarily close their lobbies as Hurricane Irene makes landfall. The Postal Service is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene by advising customers to deposit outgoing mail today or tomorrow to ensure timely processing of mail destined for delivery outside the local area. If roads become impassable or unsafe for travel, mail delivery services may be curtailed, and mail collection schedules from mail collection boxes could be suspended.

The Postal Service will make plans to suspend services in the event a mandatory evacuation order is issued by local, state, or federal emergency management officials. Customer service operations in any area covered by a mandatory evacuation order will be suspended, including mail processing, mail delivery, scheduled collection of mail from mail collection boxes, bulk mail acceptance, Post Office box service and retail Post Office lobby services. Drop shipment appointments for commercial mailers will also be suspended at closed facilities

Postal Service employees in the Virginia area are being advised to check for changes to their scheduled work reporting status by contacting the USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline to determine if any special instructions have been issued. The toll-free USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline for U.S. Postal Service employees is: 1-888-363-7462.

Additional information regarding postal operations within specific ZIP Code areas will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service as necessary.

Now is the time to be prepared if you live in a coastal area or could be affected by severe weather. Visit www.ready.govfor tips on creating your family emergency plan and putting together an emergency supply kit.

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