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Boeing and Volvo have shut down their factories in South Carolina because of Hurricane Florence (BA)

Benjamin Zhang
Boeing South Carolina factory 787 Dreamliner

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  • Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast of the United States. It's expected to make landfall on Thursday along the coast of North and South Carolina. 
  • Boeing and Volvo are both shutting down their factories near Charleston, South Carolina to give employees a chance to evacuate.
  • Boeing South Carolina assembles the Boeing 787 Dreamliner while Volvo's plant will produce the company's next-generation S60 sedan.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast of the United States. It's expected to make landfall on Thursday along the coast of North and South Carolina. 

In the path of the storm are Boeing's and Volvo's factories near Charleston, South Carolina. This is where the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Volvo S60 sedan are assembled. 

The Boeing plant will be shut down on Tuesday to give its more than 6,000 employees a chance safely evacuate ahead of the storm, the airplane maker said in a statement.

"As there is a mandatory evacuation order in place for our region, our plant is currently closed until further notice, a Volvos spokesperson told us. "We’re taking the necessary precautions to prepare the plant for the impending storm."

Volvo S60 Charleston

VolvoBoth companies say their plants will remain shuttered until it is safe to resume operations. 

Boeing's South Carolina complex is located next to Charleston International Airport and includes a 1.2 million square foot Dreamliner final assembly building. 

Volvo South Carolina is home to the company's next-generation S60 sedan later this year. The facility, which currently boasts 1,000 employees, is capable of producing 100,000 cars per year.

The storm boasts sustained winds of nearly 130 mph with gusts even higher, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday morning. It's currently considered a Category 4 hurricane, but the NWS expects the storm to strengthen over the next day or so. 

Here is Boeing's statement in its entirety:

"The safety of our Boeing teammates and their families is our top priority, and our leaders across the enterprise are closely monitoring the storm and working in conjunction with state and local governmental authorities to stay ahead of emergency situations. Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, an evacuation order has been issued for coastal South Carolina, including Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties, beginning at noon Tuesday, Sept. 11. In line with that order, Boeing will suspend operations at Boeing South Carolina today so our employees can properly evacuate. We will resume operations once it is safe to do so."

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