Amtrak suspends service in south due to Hurricane Matthew
Amtrak is temporarily suspending services in the south due to severe weather impacting the east coast of Florida.
The Silver Star 91 & 92 (New York City – Miami), Silver Meteor 97 & 98 (Miami – New York City), and the Auto Train 52 & 53 (Lorton, Va., – Sanford, Fla.) are cancelled for Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. No alternate transportation will be provided.
The Palmetto 89 & 90 (New York City – Savannah, Ga.) will operate between New York City and Washington, D.C.
Information is subject to change as conditions warrant, Amtrak said.
Passengers with travel plans can confirm their train’s status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service Alerts, Passenger
Passenger notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.
As of Wednesday, Oct. 5, Hurricane Matthew was moving through Cuba and the Bahamas. The mountains in Cuba have caused the system to slightly break up, decreasing strength to a Category 3 (winds sustained 115 mph). However, Matthew could regain strength Wednesday afternoon on its way towards Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, said CBS 6 meteorologist Tom Patton.
The current track of the storm curves it well southeast of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, on Saturday and Sunday.
On the current track, winds would be no issue for Central Virginia, but the chance for rain will stay with us as a cold front moves into some of the vapor that will be present with the storm.
This would mainly be Friday night and Saturday. More information is available in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.