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Hurricane Michael

Major storm strikes Southeast U.S.

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Two members of Florida National Guard’s 868th Engineer Co. prepare equipment to move out this week in support of Hurricane Michael emergency operations. Image: Florida National Guard

Hurricane Michael hit the Southeast this week, prompting the Postal Service to suspend mail delivery and retail operations at several Post Offices in Florida, Alabama and other states.

The hurricane made landfall in the Florida panhandle Oct. 10, becoming the most powerful storm to hit the continental United States in decades. Before moving into the Atlantic Ocean Oct. 12, Michael battered the region with destructive winds, dangerous storm surges and flash flooding.

“As the Postal Service monitors the storm’s movement, our top concern is the safety of our employees and customers. We will work as quickly as possible to reopen affected Post Offices and resume delivery when it’s safe to do so,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan.

USPS began preparing last week for Michael, including providing employees with emergency guidelines and advising customers of potential service disruptions.

Employees affected by the storm should call the USPS national emergency hotline at 888-363-7462 to report their condition and check for changes in their scheduled work reporting status.

The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund and Employee Assistance Program are available to help affected employees.

Customers who have questions about mail delivery should check the USPS Service Alerts site for updates. The Postal Service is also updating customers through social media posts and news releases.

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