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Boeing suspends South Carolina operations due to Hurricane Idalia

Boeing employees assemble 787s inside their main assembly building on their campus in North Charleston, South Carolina

By Valerie Insinna

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Boeing suspended operations in South Carolina on Wednesday afternoon due to Hurricane Idalia, a spokesperson said.

Boeing directed second and third-shift workers not to report to work on Wednesday, but plans to resume to resume normal operations beginning 8 a.m. on Thursday, the company said on its website.

The company produces the wide-bodied Dreamliner at its plant in North Charleston, and makes 787 interiors and engine nacelles for various Boeing jetliners at a separate campus in Ladson.

"We will continue to assess the storm’s impact to employees and our operations," the spokesperson said.

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued a state of emergency for the state on Tuesday due to the potential effects of the storm. Idalia is projected to move along the coast of South Carolina on Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center said earlier Wednesday.

(Reporting by Valerie InsinnaEditing by Chris Reese and David Gregorio)