Automotive suppliers Bosch and Denso resumed production at their plants in the Carolinas over the weekend, following the deadly hurricane that chewed through the coastal states, toppling trees, causing record flooding, and prompting widespread road closures.
Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, continues to trudge northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center, and is expected to produce "heavy to excessive rainfall" over the next few days.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted evacuation orders for Charleston County on Saturday at noon, Bosch spokeswoman Linda Beckmeyer wrote in an email to Automotive News. Bosch's Charleston plant began recovery mode on Saturday afternoon and normal business operations have resumed.
"Our carriers are taking measures to circumvent any road closures and mitigate any impact," she wrote.
The supplier suspended operations at the plant last Tuesday as a result of the state's evacuation plan.
No storm-related injuries have been reported at Bosch's sites in South Carolina and North Carolina, but several associates at Bosch's home appliances operation in New Bern, N.C., lost their homes because of flooding or storm damage, Beckmeyer wrote. Power was lost at the New Bern site and operations will remain shut down until it is restored.
Ahead of the storm last Thursday in North Carolina, Denso shut down its ASMO Greenville plant, which produces front-wiper motor linkages, rear-wiper motors, arms and blades, and radiator fan motors. The facility is now back to full production, spokeswoman Julie Kerr wrote in an email to Automotive News, and there have been no delivery delays thus far.
"There are some roads flooded, but there is access with minor detours," Kerr wrote.
As of Monday afternoon, the death toll from the storm had risen to 23, The Wall Street Journal reported.