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FedEx suspended express and ground services in hundreds of Florida ZIP codes due to hazardous conditions caused by Tropical Storm Nicole, which made landfall along the state’s east coast early Thursday morning.
The company said Thursday that express services have been suspended in 801 Florida ZIP codes, while ground services have been suspended in 263 ZIP codes. Affected areas include Daytona Beach, Orlando, Vero Beach and West Palm Beach.
For FedEx Freight, the company listed 937 ZIP codes with suspended service on Thursday.
“Delays and disruptions are expected for inbound and outbound shipments in parts of Florida,” FedEx said on its website. “We aim to provide our best possible service in areas that are safely accessible.”
The great tropical storm was over central Florida Thursday morning, with strong winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surges and waves spreading over a large area, according to a National Weather Service bulletin. Daytona Beach recently reported sustained winds of 49 mph gusting to 70 mph.
“Additional weakening is forecast as Nicole moves overland over the next day or two, and the storm is likely to become a tropical depression over Georgia tonight or early Friday,” the bulletin said.
UPS did not list any service impacts due to Tropical Storm Nicole on its website Thursday morning.
“While several facilities had delayed start times this morning, all UPS facilities are offering pickup and delivery service,” a UPS spokesman said in an email.
FedEx and UPS have still not fully restored service in areas affected by Hurricane Ian, which wreaked havoc in southwest Florida in late September.
Due to Hurricane Ian, FedEx Thursday morning listed two Florida ZIP codes where service delays and disruptions were expected, while UPS had three Florida ZIP codes where pickups and deliveries would not be made.
Editor’s Note: This bulletin was updated with comments from UPS and new information from FedEx regarding the service impact on Thursday.