Hurricane Season (June 1st - Nov. 30th ) Travel Tips
Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the New York metropolitan region most vulnerable to its effects from August through October.
Significant coastal storms can impact the area at any time. High winds, heavy rains, and dangerous lightning can result in flooding, mudslides, fallen trees, and downed power lines along our right-of-way.
We can't stop the weather's worst from happening, but we can control our team's response to it. In the event of a hurricane or severe storm, we have several operating plans at the ready, depending on the weather's impact.
As we did during "Hurricane Irene" and "Superstorm Sandy," we will take appropriate steps before, during and after a hurricane that may include an orderly shutdown of the railroad before a storm's arrival. If the weather and the damage associated with it is severe enough, our only option may be to reduce or suspend train service temporarily until conditions improve. Ensuring your safety is our primary concern.
When the storm is over, we know you will want us to return to regular service immediately, and we will do our best to recover quickly. Please keep in mind that sometimes getting back to normal requires some time. We may need to make repairs to our tracks, signal and power systems, or train cars due to storm damage.
We may also need to reposition employees and equipment to begin running service again.
To help you prepare for hurricane season, we recommend the following: