Alaskan Winter Storm is making a great impact

A menacing storm, crossing over the Bearing Sea, swept over the Aleutian Islands of Alaska this weekend and could become the strongest recorded storm to impact the region. The storm reached Dutch Harbor, Alaska with 122 mph winds and a central low pressure of 924 millibar, which is about 27.29 inches on the mercury scale. The system has undergone rapid intensification, producing howling winds as the central pressure plummets to near record levels. Wave heights were in excess of 40 feet in the Bering Sea.

Alaskans are certainly used to taking the worst that Mother Nature can dish out, as she did her best Saturday evening. Adak Island, which is situated along the occidental side of the Aleutian Island, is no stranger to frigid winds, but they recorded a relentless barrage of triple digit wind gusts. We can now expect the jet stream to dig southward allowing the chilly air to invade eastward into the United States late this week with some chilly cold temperatures. Additionally, forecasters are expecting high surf and strong rip currents along the Pacific Coast because of the large northwest swells reaching between 16 to 22 feet high.

Celery Recall affecting 16 states.

A large vegetable producer in California is recalling celery linked to a very nasty strain of E. Coli bacteria which has sickened 19 people in seven states. According to the health department, 5 patients have been hospitalized, and 2 patients have developed a type of kidney failure called HUS – hemolytic uremic syndrome. Apparently E. coli “O157” is particularly dangerous for children and has been known to leave survivors on dialysis and may even cause death.

Some of the items sold, that were infected, have included rotisserie chicken salad, sandwiches, wraps, cornbread stuffing and vegetable trays from some well known stores. The FDA has expanded the recall of a dozen retail chains in 16 states. Center for Disease Control Prevention reports about 3,000 deaths and over 125,000 hospitalizations occur each year from contaminated food in the USA.

Winter storm Ciara has impacted Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and other states.

A fierce winter storm is bringing icy roads and snow to the central western region hitting North Texas, South eastern Oklahoma, and Arkansas during one of the nation’s busiest travel weekends. The storm is causing heavy rains and cold temps to fan out north and east from Texas bringing a wet weekend for most of the south and Midwest. So far, over a dozen deaths have been reported, approximately 8 in Texas and at least 8 others in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Flash flooding has been a major problem, with one woman reported missing in Afton, Oklahoma. South Dakota having already received 12 inches of snow last week is potentially looking at 14 more new inches. The arctic blast has led to the coldest temperatures so far in the winter season for many areas of the country.

Fairchild Freight still has you covered, even though the storm is making it difficult for millions to get home after the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Plenty of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

If the doom-saying turkey pundits had been right, we’d all be eating ham this Thanksgiving. Last summer, after a devastating outbreak of avian flu in the big turkey-producing states in the Midwest, which supposedly killed over 8 million poultry, the national media predicted the prices for the surviving turkeys would soar, especially turkeys for the holidays.
Fortunately, thanks to the resilience of the American farmers, and contrary to those dismal predictions, there is an abundant availability of turkeys which are selling for some of the lowest prices in years. Consumers and supermarkets are getting a good buy. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, for the week ending last Friday, the average retail price for frozen whole hen turkeys was 90 cents a pound, a penny less than last year.

Fairchild Freight Honors Veterans

On November 11th, Fairchild Freight observed this great “Day of Remembrance” honoring all veterans from the past, present, or future. We extend our thanks for your faithful service. Our hearts and hats are off to all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They have provided dedicated, loyal service to our country to help keep us free.

Growing the business…

Fairchild Freight does it again! We are preparing to open up another strategically located terminal across our well traversed operating geography. This one, will be located in Stockton, within a stone’s throw of Interstate 5. It will provide amenities for our driving force, both local and over the road with 40 dock-high, truck bay, cross-docks and nearly 5 acres of parking for our dynamic fleet. Customer conveniences and advanced essentials for our drivers, is what Fairchild Freight is all about.

E-Coli outbreak at a popular restaurant chain in Oregon & Washington state.

Three people in the Portland, Oregon area and nineteen people in western Washington have gotten sick with E. coli, since Friday. Seventeen of them had eaten at a popular chain of Chipotle restaurants during the past few weeks. Eight people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. The Company has voluntarily closed down 43 of its locations in Washington and Oregon. Health officials said they expect the number of cases to rise as more people hear about the outbreak and go to the doctor.
Health Department Officials in both states are attributing the intestinal bacterial outbreak to contaminated produce, such as lettuce. Health Safety is one of Fairchild Freight’s primary concerns and none of the produce delivered to these communities came through its sourcing.

Aftermath of Hurricane Patricia

Hurricane Patricia, with 200-mph winds at landfall and accompanying torrential rains, left surprisingly little damage in her wake although the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Pacific Ocean. The menacing storm hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Friday but weakened to a tropical depression as it moved across the country. Fortunately, there were only six deaths recorded, a lot less than the sirens from the meteorologists had predicted because Patricia missed the heavily populated areas. Other than the thousands of acres of ravaged banana and papaya, the mango, tamarind, guanabana, and corn crop damage was also significant in Mexico we experienced little fallout here in the USA.

On the Road Again

We are excited to announce that Fairchild is currently receiving delivery of 25 new custom built Kenworth and Peterbilt tractors! These roadworthy trucks come well equipped, including sleepers, double bunks, microwaves, flat screen TVs, GPS, and the latest digital amenities with advanced satellite communications for the long hauls “to and from” Alaska and the rest of the lower 48 states. These added features are part of the solidarity in motion at work.