Outer Banks Auto Shipping Affected by Hurricane Maria
It’s been a crazy few weeks in terms of the weather and how it’s impacting car shipping services, and it’s not stopping any time soon.
Luckily, though, the latest hurricane threat – Hurricane Maria – isn’t actually making landfall. But it’s still going to impact auto transportation services to certain areas of the Carolinas, notably the Outer Banks.
Now, Outer Banks auto shipping services aren’t necessarily popular. As shield islands, the Outer Banks aren’t densely populated and are difficult for motorists to access. But that doesn’t mean that car shippers can’t get there. The Outer Banks – at least, most of them – have a state route that runs through them and connects to the mainland near the Hampton Roads area. So a car transporter can get there. But they may have a tougher time thanks to Maria.
How Outer Banks Auto Shipping Services Might be Affected
Honestly, they probably won’t be. Unless Maria moves further inland auto transportation services to the area will likely be unaffected. There are few if any carriers that actually service the islands to begin with.
But that doesn’t mean people won’t be impacted by the storm. Officials are recommending people evacuate the islands as soon as possible. Highway 12, the main route through the islands, could become impassible. Ferry services will likely be suspended Monday night.
Of course, this will be nothing like the devastation in Puerto Rico, which is still ongoing following landfall of Hurricane Irma. Though evacuations are planned for the Outer Banks, damage will likely be minimal. That’s not to say it isn’t a big deal – just that it likely won’t be as devastating.
But shipping a car to the Outer Banks may be a bit more difficult in the coming days and weeks. Auto shippers like to watch the weather in case things like this pop up, you know. So you can expect delays from car transporters to heavily-affected areas.
How to Prepare for your Outer Banks Auto Shipping Services
There’s probably not much you need to do to prepare for your shipment to the Outer Banks. The storm will likely be low-impact considering it’s not the full hurricane that’s hitting but rather one of its arms. That’s not to say there won’t be damage or that people will not be affected by the weather. We’re just saying that, in the grand scheme of things, it will be relatively light on the damage side in comparison to hurricanes like Katrina or Ivan or Andrew or Irma or Harvey.
But still, make sure to talk to an agent. They can let you know if carriers are rerouting shipments to the Outer Banks or if they’re deciding to stay away from it. Your agent will be able to give alternative pickup or delivery locations if yours is affected by the storm.
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