Many new-vehicle dealers in the Carolinas are grateful that their biggest worry in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence — aside from getting evacuated employees resettled and back on the job — was having enough parts delivered to meet an expected surge in service business.
A service manager at a Chevrolet store in Quincy, Fla., was killed at his home as Hurricane Michael battered the state's Panhandle, with dealerships and automakers still assessing widespread damage from the powerful Category 4 storm.
Hurricane Michael is hitting Florida's Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with winds of 100 mph or more, as many dealership owners in its path brace for what the National Hurricane Center is calling a "potentially catastrophic" storm.
Dealerships in North Carolina have been reporting wind damage and flooding at their stores after Florence, now a tropical depression, blew through over the weekend. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo resumed operations at their South Carolina plants.