Florida Car Shipping Impacted Thanks to Irma
Florida car shipping is getting the same treatment from Mother Nature as Texas did, apparently. Hurricane Irma has made landfall and is making its way up Central Florida, bringing heavy winds and rains to multiple areas of the state.
Irma comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which decimated Houston and the rest of southeastern Texas. Harvey left widespread flooding and devastation in its wake, and while Irma isn’t as bad, it’s still a pretty brutal hurricane. Irma made landfall in Florida Sunday as a category one hurricane. It is expected to dwindle to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Georgia.
How Florida Car Shipping has been Impacted by Irma
So far, Hurricane Irma has dropped a foot of rain or more in some areas of Florida. That’s an insane level of rainfall that has experts predicting flooding across the state. But the Keys got the most of it. Instruments in Naples, Florida registered winds as high as 142 MPH, while those in Marco registered at 130. Between the wind and the rain, devastating damage has been confirmed across Florida.
Right now we know of multiple auto shipping brokers in Florida that have been shut down since Irma turned northwest. And those are just brokers – does anyone think that carriers are trying to get into the state? No, Florida car shipping services are down and out, at least for the time being. Any cars scheduled for pickup or delivery in Florida are seeing heavy delays which will likely last until the waters recede, the winds die down and we get a clear look at just how bad things are in Florida.
What to Expect out of Florida Car Shipping Services Moving Forward
As mentioned, it’s going to be some time before we end up seeing traffic flowing back into Florida like we used to. It’s frustrating for many carriers because this is the time of year where routes are shifting. Florida is always a popular auto transport location, but especially so during the fall and winter. Snowbirds start getting active and more people are wanting to escape the cold northern winters for the more mild climes of Florida. So seeing this hurricane completely devastate huge swaths of the state has had a major impact.
Right now, don’t expect to go anywhere near Florida. Carriers aren’t touching loads and most are just going to avoid going to the state at all. This means major delays if you’re shipping to or from Florida. That being said, carriers tend to watch the news, so many of them probably didn’t even bother picking up loads to the area. But some might have, and if your vehicle is one of those cars, chances are it’s still on the truck.
Basically, what we’re saying is don’t expect too much out of Florida car shipping companies or services. They’re going to take some time to get back to normal, probably as long as it takes the aftermath of Irma to be cleared away. Keep a line of communication open with your agent and/or your driver. They can give you more up-to-date information about your shipment and the status of Florida car shipping services.
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Luckily, most of the the country is still unaffected by hurricane Irma. f you’re interested in shipping a car, make sure to fill out our free auto transportation quote request form. It’s free and easy, won’t take more than a minute or two, and will net you free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. We clear all of them for dependability and reliability and make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.