Rains flooded highways along the South Carolina coast between Charleston and Georgetown, and Georgetown, was mostly under water, and the four major highways leading into it were closed. A 70-mile stretch of Interstate 95, a major East Coast highway, was closed because of high water. The storm had dumped more than 20 inches of rain in parts of central South Carolina since Friday.
BMW’s Spartanburg plant says that flooding has delayed rail transfer of finished vehicles to the Port of Charleston. “BMW will work closely with state authorities to assess alternative options, including movement by truck to the Port of Charleston,” BMW spokeswoman Sky Foster said in a statement.
Several new car dealerships were hard-hit by the floods and the damages are uknown at the moment.
BMW Plant Spartanburg is the top U.S. auto exporter. In 2014, the export of passenger vehicles built in the plant and shipped through the Port of Charleston totaled $9,200,000,000, a 13 percent jump over 2013. The factory produced 364,000 vehicles in 2014 and more than 260,000 were exported out of the US. The plant produces the BMW X3, X4, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 , and the X7 in 2018.The Spartanburg Plant also makes BMWs here that are not available in the US, such as the X6M50d. The X SUVs are shipped to 140 countries.
The Greer Inland Port also provides the capability to ship BMWs by rail overnight to the Port of Charleston, 212 miles away, an extremely efficient process.