Storms Hamper Coal Deliveries in Southeast U.S.


"Unusually fierce winter storms complicate transport, unloading."

Weekend snowfall topping 10 inches in some parts of the southeastern U.S. was delaying coal shipments to the region's power plants, as railroads experienced delays from unusually fierce winter storms.

Norfolk Southern issued a general advisory to customers warning of 48-hour delays for the region, which includes large coal consumers like Duke Energy, Tennessee Valley Authority and Southern Company.

"Customers with shipments normally routed through Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, should expect delays of up to 48 hours due to a winter storm impacting much of the Southeast," the Norfolk, Virginia-based railroad said Monday morning.

CSX had not issued any delay notices by noon Monday, but officials at the railroad were reviewing conditions on an hourly basis. A spokesman was not available for comment.

Power plants in the southeast are also struggling with below-freezing temperatures that have delayed unloadings when coal freezes into blocks in rail cars, according to rail officials at both companies.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of eastern and central Virginia, part of major export routes from Central Appalachian mines to ports in Norfolk.

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