I-95, the major north-south artery along the East Coast, has reopened in the Carolinas, but deliveries and freight traffic will feel the effects of Hurricane Florence for weeks and even months to come.
“Florence continues to bring misery to North Carolina,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Sunday. Moody’s has valued the storm at $44 billion in damage and lost output.
“As typical with any storm of this force and scale, Florence brought exponential increases in delivery delays across carrier networks, upending typical weekly exception figures for the Carolinas in the double digits with numbers in the tens of thousands,” said Dan Bebout, founder and VP of customer success at Convey.
Though the Port of Wilmington reopened to truck traffic today for the first time since the storm, routes in and out of Wilmington are still unreliable, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) warned drivers that GPS directions may not reflect flooding threats. Eighteen North Carolina counties are still experiencing enough flooding to block roads, according to NCDOT.
As recovery begins, the low-lying areas of South Carolina will become more of a concern long-term, according to multiple news reports. Since the flood waters are still rising there, it may take considerable time for them to recede.
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