How Hurricane Ida could affect US supply chain

The country's supply chain challenges could become even more severe in the wake of Hurricane Ida, which has damaged several Louisiana hospitals and forced some to evacuate patients, The New York Times reported Aug. 31. 

The pandemic has limited the availability of vehicles that can transport supplies from ports to warehouses, and the hurricane will likely make the situation worse as trucks are deployed to deliver relief supplies to affected communities, the Times reported. 

"The domestic trucking situation has been bad for some time, and the hurricane will add to that," Megan Gluth-Bohan, chief executive of TRInternational, an importer and distributor of chemicals, told the Times. "You're going to see more logjams at the ports."

The Gulf Coast, where the hurricane hit, is home to many manufacturing plants that make a number of industrial chemicals. 

"Any hiccup in the supply chain right now just adds fuel to the disaster," John Logue, chief executive of chemical manufacturer The Royale Group, told the Times. "We are not manufacturing what we want to manufacture. We are manufacturing what we are able to manufacture."

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