Charter Buses Are Available To Help You Get Out
Labeled “extremely dangerous” by the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence continued her assault on the East Coast Monday night, with winds exceeding 130 miles per hour. Hurricane experts warn, though, that the Category 4 storm could pick up steam later today and anticipate winds of up to 150 miles per hour. The storm is expected to hit the Atlantic seaboard on Thursday, slamming into northern South Carolina and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Evacuation orders have already been issued for nearly 2 million coastal residents.
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Pose Real Safety Risks
Though most people tend to consider high winds the most dangerous aspect of a hurricane, experts point as well to the potential consequences of heavy rain for extended periods of time. In fact, it’s well documented that more people die from water and flood-related incidents than from wind-related accidents. One study, which looked at hurricane-related deaths over a 20-year-period, found that about six of every ten drowned or died in flood-related incidents, including one in four victims who died when their cars got caught in flood waters.
Meteorologists say that could be a major concern with Hurricane Florence, as weather models indicate that Florence could “stall” over the Southeast for several days, increasing the risk of freshwater flooding from the anticipated heavy rainfall, as well as the storm surge caused by a rise in the level of ocean water.
Florence May Be Strongest Storm Ever to Hit North Carolina
Weather experts say Florence has doubled in size in just a day and predict that, when it hits North Carolina, it will be at least a Category 4 storm. If that prediction holds true, it will be the strongest storm ever to hit the Tarheel State. Officials have already announced that classes have been canceled at most colleges and universities across South Carolina and North Carolina. Officials have already postponed the Campbell-Coastal Carolina college football game scheduled for Saturday and say a number of other games may be affected.
A Charter Bus—The Safe Way to Evade Hurricane Florence
With the evacuation orders that will continue to mount, you can expect large numbers of people on the roadways heading inland. With the stress you’ll already experience, worried about your home, your loved ones and getting to safety, you don’t need the added exacerbation that comes from being stuck in wall-to-wall traffic. With a charter bus, even if you’re moving slowly, you won’t have to worry about other drivers or keeping your focus on the road. You can relax (as best you can) and leave the driving to our experienced professionals.
Furthermore, it’s not just about getting hurt in an accident. Every accident slows down the evacuation, and time is critical. It’s essential, then, to maximize the safety of everyone, that there be fewer vehicles on the road. With a charter bus, you can put as many as 50 of your friends and family on the same vehicle, dramatically reducing potential traffic problems.
Taking a bus out is also better for the environment, as a charter bus will have less impact on the planet than a hybrid vehicle. Weather scientists are almost unanimous in their assessment that the ever increasing incidences of ever-more-powerful storms, like Florence, is a direct result of global warming. With a charter bus, you can make a small contribution to reducing that impact.
At US Coachways, we have access to an extensive fleet to help you get safely away from Hurricane Florence. We are General Services Administration certified—we’ve gone through an extensive and complex process to obtain approval to provide charter bus services to the United States government and its agencies.
A Charter Bus Also Makes It Easier to Get Back Home
When Florence has run her course, and you are ready to return home, there are still significant safety risks, such as flooding. In your own vehicle, you’ll likely face challenges getting accurate and timely information about flooding or other hazards. With a charter bus, you can be confident that the driver has detailed information about where the flood waters are still across the roads and where you can safely travel.
In addition, with a charter bus, you’ll probably spend far less than if you take your own vehicle. Instead of taking all the costs on yourself, you’ll be able to share expenses with everyone else on the bus—costs of gas alone have been known to skyrocket during a hurricane. In addition, you may find it difficult to maintain your own vehicle in the aftermath of the hurricane. The roadways can also be strewn with debris, which can put you at risk for a flat tire or other mishap.
Book Your Charter Bus Today
The sooner you book your charter bus, the sooner you’ll have peace of mind. You can make your reservation online, the fast and easy way. Call 1.888.340.9122 or visit USCoachways.com to reserve your vehicle or to learn about any discounts. Let us help.