Hurricane Arthur 2014: How It Can Affect Your Auto Transportation Services
Hurricane Arthur has been making its way up the East Coast, the earliest recorded hurricane during a calendar year. It first hit North Carolina, making landfall early on July 3rd, and has been inching its way up the coast. The good news is that it’s weakening, with experts already (as of this writing) dropping its rating down to a tropical storm that’s expected to move off the coast sometime soon. But hurricanes are no laughing matter; Arthur may have only had sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, with gusts up to 100, but it’s still a hurricane, and they can be devastating not just for residents living in its path, but also for logistics companies trying to get their goods into or out of the affected area.
Hurricane Arthur has stayed mainly in the southeastern U.S., like many hurricanes, and almost entirely bypassed Florida, one of the most popular auto transportation locations in the country; this is good news for auto shippers, and people moving vehicles in and out of Florida, but the edge of the hurricane has caused some damage to coastal cities as is, and North Carolina has seen damage – albeit minimal – since before it made landfall. Thankfully, no fatalities or injuries have been recorded as of this writing, but hurricanes tend to scare off auto shippers, making it difficult to find transportation. Not only that, but it hit on the Fourth of July weekend, putting a kink in most everyone’s holiday plans. If you’re planning on shipping a vehicle to or from areas affected by Hurricane Arthur, you should keep in mind that it may take longer for pickup or delivery services, as auto transporters have been known to lose entire loads to hurricanes.
This is why many auto shippers avoid those affected areas, and it’s being felt by customers all across the country. Florida sees thousands of auto transporters move in and out of it every month, and North Carolina – while not as popular – is still a major automotive capital of the U.S., and also sees a fair amount of car shipping traffic. Your shipment may be delayed, but after the hurricane passes and damages are assessed, as well as any cleanup operations that may be needed, you should find that your shipment will resume just fine. Be nice to your auto transport representatives if they tell you your shipment has been delayed; they have no control over Mother Nature or her moods. If you’re in the market for a car transport company, you can give us a call at 800-930-7417 or fill out our free online quote form for free quotes, though understand that you may be waiting longer for an auto shipping company to move your vehicle into or out of affected areas, if that’s where you’re going.