severe weather

New York State Thruway partially reopened 3 p.m. Friday afternoon

With some sections having been closed for more than three days, as of morning November 21 more than 100 miles of the New York State Thruway east and west of Buffalo, N.Y., remained closed.

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Lookback on — and a severe weather report from — a Mustang at the tattoo parlor

Mike "Mustang" Crawford runs through the high winds on I-40 in West Okla. and East Texas, and a look back on his Marine Corps tattoo.

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Keys Truckers on Joplin relief mission; Open weather webinar tomorrow

Last time I saw Keys Truckers Jan (pictured, with Rocky) and James McCarter they were right here in Nashville for the grand reopening of the downtown TravelCenters of America location, which had been closed since the flooding last May. Today, the Keys sent word out I thought Midwest haulers may well be able to act on. They posted to their website that they'll "be arriving at the Oak Grove Petro" with their "Truckers Tracks Touring ...

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Driver rides out Joplin tornado at Flying J

You've probably seen the pictures from the horrific tornado that rammed through Joplin, Mo., hitting the Pilot Flying J off I-44 at U.S. 71 yesterday. Ozark Mountain Leasing driver Todd Arnold, who lives far northeast in Maine, just weeks after missing the Glade Spring, Va., tornado that devastated the Petro Stopping Centers location there by three hours, was sitting in the Joplin Flying J's restaurant with his wife, Jamie, just as the storm was bearing ...

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Trucker Weather Watch storm spotters want you

Former long-hauler and current Traffic Control Supervisor/Driver for Stripe Rite, based near Seattle, Sean Kiaer in April 2006 was a front-line witness to the formation of a tornado in Tennessee. He called 911 from the cab at the time to report the storm, which was headed directly for the town of Newbern, Tenn., but realized his own and the 911 operator's limitations in getting information about the tornado out to the people who needed it most, ...

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Tornado caught on owner-operators’ webcam

Owner-operators Randy Moyano and Ann Burt (pictured) run in a 1998 Peterbilt pulling a Fontaine RGN with Superior stinger axle for heavy/overdimensional loads, leased to Greentree Transportation. I met the pair a week ago today in Lebanon, Tenn., where I took this picture. They were deadheading west then all the way to Oklahoma to pick up an oversize load that would take them back to North Carolina. By Wednesday morning this week, they were stopped ...

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Illinois DOT suspends HOS rules for petroleum haulers

Petroleum haulers are exempt from Illinois' hours of service regulations until 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7, or until bad weather has subsided, the Illinois Department of Transportation said Monday. The lift was declared due to increased fuel demands as a result of severe weather in the Midwest. An extension is possible, if conditions exists, IDOT says.

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