Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the Carolinas were recently hit with a massive hurricane last month. Hurricane Florence devastated the states, although North Carolina seems to have caught the worst of it. According to recent reports, some parts of the state are still underwater. The devastation may not be as large as what we’ve seen from past hurricanes, there are still human lives in danger and suffering from Florence’s wrath.
If you’re heading down the to Carolinas, you’ll probably need some advice on what you should and shouldn’t be doing. I’ve decided to compile a list of tips and tricks on how to navigate the recovering area.
Planes, trains and automobiles. These are the best methods of traveling that humans have devised thus far. Although you can travel via these methods to and from the states, just be wary. Amtrak should have officially restored its normal services and the states’ main airports should also be open and ready for business, operating at a smooth pace. In regards to driving, that may be a bit more challenging. Several sections of both states’ main highways have been flooded (I-40, I-95, U.S. 70 to name a few), and so you may want to check in with the local authorities to confirm that it is safe to travel. Additionally, feel free to check the ReadyNC app, which you can download to your mobile device for free. The app offers updates on weather and traffic.
Although the states have just been through a major natural disaster, they are persevering as much as possible and already looking forward to bringing back tourists. In order to bring back travelers, the states’ various travel authority organizations are offering multiple incentives, such as discounted hotel rates and even some free stays at participating lodges. Some hotels are providing deals where you get one night free with the purchase of two additional night stays. They also suggest that you make donations to the local recovery efforts. These donations can also lead to discounted hotel rates. There are a lot of deals going on that can help ease your wallet.
The Carolinas were hit hard, and although the devastation is certainly present, the states will power through. Just like any other time the country is in peril, our nation’s citizens will band together to confront danger and obstacles head on. And they will overcome. If you’re planning on traveling to the Carolinas, please be careful and think about donating.