Hurricane Irene and Car Damage

Hurricane Irene – What should you know about damage to your car after the storm passes.

Hurricane Irene continues up the east coast as a destructive Category 1 hurricane, whose maximum sustained winds reached about 90 miles an hour, with occasional stronger gusts.   It’s unlikely for motorists to see damage to their vehicle from the wind itself.  However, the wind causes flying objects, such as falling trees or hail which could damage your vehicle’s windshield. Having your auto glass repaired or replaced after a Hurricane shouldn’t cause you stress.   Even a small crack or chip in your windshield from Hurricane Irene is a significant safety problem and all our repairs are covered by our lifetime guarantee.

With an overwhelming number of motorist needing to get back on the road after the storm passes, Gerber Collision and Glass wants to remind you that we can take care of your auto needs.   We offer convenient auto glass repair and replacement service, both in our shops and via free mobile service.  We have several locations along the east coast to better server you.

Here are some interesting facts about Car Damage from Hurricanes and Tropical storms –

  • Hurricane Floyd (1999) damaged 75,000 vehicles and than half were put back out on the road.
  • Tropical Storm Allison (2001) – More than 95,000 vehicles flooded by the most extensive tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • Hurricane Ivan (2004) – Left more than 100,000 cars submerged in floodwaters throughout the Southeast.
  • Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Wilma (2005) – claimed more than 600,000 cars across the Gulf Coast.  Many of these cars still are showing up for sale around the country.
  • Hurricane Ike (2008) – more than 100,000 cars in Texas and Louisiana, from Galveston and Houston over to Baton Rouge, were left underwater.

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