Houston —
As Hurricane Florence makes landfall on the North Carolina Coast, Colonial Pipeline continues to operate normally, the company said in a Friday morning note to shippers.

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“Colonial’s mainlines and tank farms are currently operating as normal,” the company said.

The note also notified shippers that, due to Hurricane Florence, the company is “experiencing temporary communications issues with delivery facilities” in eastern North Carolina.

The latest modeling from the US National Hurricane Center shows Florence above the Carolinas. According to the NHC, “a life-threatening storm surge is already occurring along portions of the North Carolina coast and will continue through today and tonight. This surge is also likely along portions of the South Carolina coast.”

The NHC says those storms surges are accompanied by potentially “catastrophic flash flooding” and “damaging hurricane-force winds.”

Along with the Plantation Pipeline, the Colonial Pipeline is one of the Carolinas’ two most important sources of fuel supplies.

The gasoline-only Line 1 of the Colonial Pipeline runs from Houston to Greensboro, North Carolina, with a capacity of 1.37 million b/d.

–Seth Clare, seth.clare@spglobal.com

–Edited by Richard Rubin, richard.rubin@spglobal.com

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