Florida Panhandle Auto Transport Hard Due to Michael
Florida Panhandle auto transport services have been severely affected by Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in the region two days ago.
Some are calling northwestern Florida a “warzone” after Michael and its 155mph winds rocked the area. Entire communities have been torn asunder by the most intense hurricane since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Here at American Auto Shipping, we tend to focus a bit on the weather and try to keep up with it. Most of the time, there’s little to do in the way of followup. We present the information, the system passes, and lives go on.
This one, though…this may be different.
What we’re seeing right now
Over a million people are currently without power. Six Florida counties remain under curfew as workers struggle to clear debris from roads so they can gain access to people who are trapped. Flash flooding is a major problem in multiple parts of the region.
Cell service is spotty due to damaged cell towers. Data services are seeing problems as well. Communication with the outside world is tricky right now, which is only adding to the confusion and the panic.
It’s not just Florida, either. Though Michael weakened to a tropical cyclone after it moved into Georgia, it still caused a lot of damage in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. it caused almost 500,000 outages in North Carolina.
Debris is a problem. People are without power and water and cell service. Michael devastated the southern U.S., and it’ll probably get worse before it gets better.
How Florida Panhandle Auto Transport Services are Affected
Hurricanes tend to leave things like interstate highways intact. This is good when it comes to shipping cars to or from affected areas, but that’s about it.
People lose their homes, their lives, their families and their friends and their belongings. When a major storm or hurricane rolls through an area, shipping a car tends to be the last thing on anyone’s mind.
But carriers still have to run those routes. Or, at the very least, they have to try to. It sucks, but that’s the job. And the Florida Panhandle is a popular car transport location. At the very least, it sees a lot of traffic along I-10 both into and out of Tallahassee.
Hurricanes tend to wreak havoc with logistics. Carriers usually postpone shipments to affected areas, especially if they have to travel through areas where the damage is still unknown. Hurricanes can throw debris onto roads that can take days to get cleared. So if you’re shipping to or from Florida from the western U.S., you can and should expect delays.
Ways you can get around the damage
There’s really not much you can do to “get around” the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. It is what it is. Workers are busy helping affected areas get back on track right now. Cleanup efforts are underway.
Really, chances are most routes into and out of the panhandle are going to be clear. Some routes may still be blocked, depending on how popular they are. But as of this writing, chances are that most routes will be clear for car transporters.
You should still expect delays in pickup, transit, and delivery, though. Carriers will still be going to Florida, but if they had to reroute because of the storm, it may take them a few more days to get there.
We highly recommend that you speak to your agent, your driver, or both, if you have questions about your shipment. With so many things in the air right now, there’s not much else you or they can really do other than communicate.
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