Florence's disruption of the auto industry went beyond retail. The Mercedes-Benz Vans plant near Charleston, S.C., closed since Tuesday, was operating normally Monday after receiving "minimal" impact, a company spokeswoman wrote in an email.
Volvo Car Group last week also idled operations at its new plant near Charleston. A company spokesman said there was no major damage, and operations resumed Monday.
The Port of Charleston, where BMW exports South Carolina-made crossovers, was operating a normal schedule Monday after closing Thursday and Friday in anticipation of Florence.
The storm stayed farther north than expected, leaving the port unscathed.
Truck gates were open at container and breakbulk terminals, including those for autos, and vessel operations have resumed, the South Carolina Ports Authority said in an advisory. Intermodal ramps for the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads, as well as the inland port in Greer, also had reopened.