TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (1/29/14)--As Winter Storm Leon beared down, the Deep South faced freezing rain, sleet and snow, which caused some credit unions to close Tuesday.
Snow was forecast to reach as far south as Pensacola, Fla. The winter storm warning was in effect for all of southeast Mississippi, southwest and south central Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle until 6 a.m. today.
Keesler FCU, Biloxi, Miss., was monitoring the weather in the Gulf Coast and said on its website it would post operating hours this morning. Hope CU closed branches in Jackson and Utica, Miss., as well as its New Orleans branch.
The Birmingham, Ala., office of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions closed at noon Tuesday, said Mike Bridges, vice president of communications. It plans to reopen for normal hours today.
All branches of Army Aviation FCU, Daleville, Ala., are closed until Thursday "due to the fast-moving weather conditions," said the credit union on its website.
Pen Air FCU, Pensacola, Fla., closed at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and will not reopen until Thursday. "We urge all members to check for updates before driving to any branch, as member safety is of upmost importance to us," the credit union said on its website.
In Warner Robins, Ga., HEA FCU and Robins FCU were among the mid-state businesses that planned late openings (The Telegraph Jan. 28). TIC FCU closed its branches at noon Tuesday, said Mark Littleton, vice president and chief strategy/marketing officer for the Columbus, Ga., credit union. It reminded members that ATMs and phone, mobile and online banking are available (Ledger-Enquirer Jan. 28).
Heart of Louisiana CU, Pineville, closed branches last Thursday and Friday because of weather and closed again Tuesday, according to its Facebook page and website.
In Austin, Texas, Velocity CU notified its members of late office openings on its website and encouraged members to use online, mobile or phone banking systems.
The Cornerstone Credit Union League rescheduled a planned compliance seminar that was to be held in Houston Tuesday. It has been moved to Feb. 14 (Leaguer Jan. 28)
States of emergencies were declared in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina, with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant closing state offices Tuesday (weather.com Jan. 28).
As the storm moved north and east, other credit unions took precautionary measures. CPM FCU, North Charleston, S.C., closed branch locations in Orangeburg, Summerville, Charleston and Beaufort Tuesday with modified operating hours today.