Fri Sep 6, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
As weakening Hurricane Dorian rambled up the southern Atlantic Coast Friday, damage assessments were beginning and relief efforts getting underway.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian was downgraded to a Category 1 storm with 90 mile-per-hour winds as it made landfall in Cape Hatteras, N.C. Friday morning.
In the meantime, efforts to learn of impacts to outdoor facilities and campgrounds on Thursday were hampered by power outages and downed phone lines, ARVC Vice President of Membership and Marketing David Basler says.
The ARVC chapter in the Carolinas reports the “worst of the damage seems to be north of Myrtle Beach due to storm surge and tornados."
By Friday, “the storm was moving quickly and will have a better sense of the damage once the storm moves away,” Carolina ARVC Executive Director Dee Witting says.
Witting says she planned to contact campground owners that have been impacted by the storm and would visit the Myrtle Beach area and north on Monday to visit with park owners personally.
The campground group has more than 35 member parks along the Carolina coast between Myrtle Beach and the outer banks, Witting says. “We are working with ARVC to communicate with these members and assess the damage and their needs.”
“Our first concern is the safety of the people who own, manage and work at our member parks,” Witting says. “We also want to make sure these parks are aware of the disaster relief available to them as CARVC/ARVC members through the association’s Disaster Relief Fund.”
Information about donations to the ARVC Foundation Disaster Relief Fund can be found here.
Hurricane Dorian’s impact was felt along Florida’s East Coast earlier in the week.
Over the Labor Day weekend, with the hurricane’s path was still undetermined, leaders of the Florida RV Trade Association cancelled their annual convention that had been scheduled for this week in Orlando.
“With the uncertainty of its path over the next 24 hours, we decided that this was not the time for a celebration,” FRVTA President Rob Cochran said in an RV News report on Tuesday.
“Our first concern is the safety of our members and guests. Asking them to travel during this time seemed foolish,” FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson says.
Newspapers across the state reported that it was too early to put a price tag on lost tourism dollars from the hurricane’s near miss, but they agreed there would be an impact on tourism spending from the storm.
Ironically, the Governor’s Annual Tourism Conference, one of the biggest dates on the state’s tourism industry calendar and scheduled for Sept. 3-6, in Boca Raton, was cancelled on Sunday.
“Asking anyone to travel to South Florida in the midst of a life-threatening hurricane would not be in the best interests of safety,” a statement from the event organizers read.