As Hurricane Matthew strengthens and whips its way up the East Coast, safety should be everyone’s main priority. And if you’re either visiting or planning to visit an area in its path, you need to make new plans and stay as far away as possible.
Matthew is scheduled to make direct contact with Florida by Friday morning, bringing high winds, power outages, gas shortages and all sorts of devastation as it crawls up through Georgia and the Carolinas. Yesterday, winds reached 120 mph and forecasters are saying that the hurricane will reach Category 4 by the time it hits the US. Conditions should improve by Sunday.
If you are unsure of the procedure when traveling, here are couple tips for weather emergencies of this severity.
Don’t Wait, Evacuate
We’ve reached out to all of our members in condos along the coast, from Florida to Myrtle Beach to parts of Virginia, and told them to evacuate. South Carolina is not accepting check-ins this weekend.
Many cities have already told their citizens to evacuate. South Carolina’s governor declared a State of Emergency Tuesday, with all government offices closing and car lanes being reversed to expedite the evacuation process.
The longer you wait, the more dangerous the situation becomes. An estimated one million people are going to be evacuating in the next 24 hours and you don’t want to be caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic as the storm approaches.
Pack up, fill your gas tank and head out ASAP.
Prepare for Delays
These storms have a domino effect on the entire travel industry, so if you are planning to travel this weekend, expect delays. Monitor your airline on their website or through social media.
If you have Travel Protection, call the number on your policy for details of your coverage.
Watch the Local News
For the most up-to-date and relevant information on storms such as this, pay attention to local news sources for the area in which you are headed. For example, if you’re going to Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Sun News has more specific information based on the location.
As storms can be unpredictable and information is constantly changing, it’s good to check the news periodically.
When in Doubt, Call
If you don’t know the status of the resort to which you’re headed, give them a call before you show up at the door. We understand many people are losing out on a vacation this weekend, but it seems insignificant when dealing with a storm of this ferocity.
Please give us a call at 800-879-7779 if you have any questions about your reservation. Storms like Hurricane Matthew don’t come along too often, but when they do, it’s important to act fast and smart.
Please stay informed and be safe!