In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Western Service Center and Regional Field Administrator for FMCSA’s Southern Service Center, hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas (Affected States) an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to the storm referred to as “Alberto” and its possible effects on people and property, including the immediate threat to human life or public welfare in the Affected States.
WHEREAS the State of Alabama is under imminent threat of Tropical Storm Alberto over the Gulf of Mexico, which has the potential to make a landfall as a Category 1 hurricane;
WHEREAS this storm is expected to bring torrential rains, with the threat of flooding, storm surge, high winds, and isolated tornadoes in the following counties: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington, and Wilcox;
This is a Notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exercised agency discretion and determined not to enforce the Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee provisions of 49 C.F.R. 360.3T(d)(2) and (f)(6) against those motor carriers requesting Temporary Operating Authority Registration in order to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts pursuant to the Regional Declaration of Emergency Notice, dated )May 26, 2018 issued by the FM CSA Regional Field Administrator for the Southern Service Center and the FMCSA Regional Field Administrator for the Western Service Center, including any future amendments or extensions or limitations. This Notice will expire upon the expiration of the Regional Declaration of Emergency Notice, including any future extensions.
WHEREAS, as of 11 :00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, the National Hurricane Center announced that an area oflow pressure in the Northwest Caribbean Sea developed into Subtropical Storm Alberto with current maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour; and
WHEREAS, as of 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018, the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located in the Northwestern Caribbean Seas, moving north into the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico; and