More than three quarters of a million people are still without power in North Carolina.
More than three quarters of a million people are still without power in North Carolina. Hurricane Florence was so big when it hit the coast, the winds stretched a distance from New York City to Toronto. That's according to CNN.
Messenger Post's news partner, News10NBC is alerting you to dangers that can stretch from Wilmington, N.C. to Rochester.
In as little as two weeks, tens of thousands of hurricane damaged cars will be re-sold, and News10NBC wants to make sure you know what to look out for.
In the aftermath of Florence, the Carolinas are getting eight months worth of rain in three days and vehicles are getting buried by water.
Video last year from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows hundreds of thousands of vehicles parked bumper to bumper in Texas damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year.
A lot of the vehicles got used for parts. Most got demolished. But some vehicles with the same damage, especially ones without comprehensive insurance, got re-sold.
So I reached the NICB to find out how you stay away from this.
Brean: "What should people look out for?"
Frank Scafidi, NICB: "Well, the first indication is a very reasonable or unreasonable price. I mean if something is priced significantly less than you're used to finding for that model then that's the first clue."
Brean: "What safeguards exist for people if they're in the market for a used car and they don't want to get one damaged by a hurricane?"
Frank Scafidi, NICB: "You can check a VIN through our VIN-check and if it's been insured by one of our member companies and it was flood damaged or salvaged it will tell you that."
Frank Scafidi: "Take somebody with you who knows cars and can go through that vehicle and look for tell-tale signs that it's been under water."
So here are three tell-tale signs.
- rust on the screws inside the car.
- water damage under the spare tire.
- and signs of water in the headlights and tail lights.
If you buy a used vehicle and want to check its flood history here are two options to search the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):
New York State DMV
National Insurance Crime Bureau
The NICB says vehicles flooded in the Carolinas now could be for-sale within two weeks.