Resource for EV Drivers Affected by Hurricane Florence

Updated at 10:00 AM, Monday, September 17, 2018

Hurricane Florence Crisis Map – Published by Google Crisis Response

This page was created on September 10, 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatened the East Coast and evacuations were being prepared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Officials were saying to keep a full tank of gas as part of personal preparations for the approaching storm. This is a resource for electric vehicle drivers affected by Hurricane Florence.

Electric Vehicle Travel

You won’t need to worry about gas shortages if you drive an electric car but you should be aware that charging stations may become congested during a natural disaster, evacuation distances may exceed the range of a single charge and EV chargers may become unavailable due to power outages or flooded roads.

Please follow the advice of your local officials on preparation and evacuation.

This page will regularly be updated. Check back often for additional resources and follow @PlugInSites on Twitter. Send any tips or questions to

Be safe.

Latest Info

Monday, 10:00 AM: Hurricane Florence Crisis Map – Published by Google Crisis Response
Monday, 6:30 AM: Wilmington, NC, Fayetteville, NC and Wallace, NC Superchargers reported as open. Check with Tesla for current status and be prepared for road closures and detours in the affected areas.
Sunday, 6:00 PM: NC road closures and reopenings: I-40, I-95 affected by Florence
Sunday, 9:00 AM: Wallace, NC Supercharger reported as temporarily closed.
Saturday, 7:00 PM: Avoid I-95: Drivers told to ‘go around’ North Carolina
Saturday, 4:00 PM: NCDOT – Flooding and Downed Trees Making Travel Extremely Hazardous in NC
Saturday, 12:00 PM: Wallace, NC Supercharger is reported as open.
Saturday, 6:00 AM: Wallace, NC Supercharger reported as temporarily closed.
Friday, 7:00 PM: General Motors activates OnStar Crisis Assist for Hurricane Florence
Friday, 6:30 PM: Wilmington, NC Supercharger reported as temporarily closed as Florence moves inland.
Friday, 6:00 PM: Tropical Storm Florence forecast: ‘Catastrophic flash flooding’ becomes primary threat
Friday, 10:00 AM: Wilmington, NC Supercharger shown as temporarily closed as Hurricane Florence hits the shore.
Friday, 8:00 AM: Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall Near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Thursday, 7:00 AM: Time nearly up to escape fierce Hurricane Florence
Wednesday, 11:45 PM: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous – AP
Wednesday, 11:15 PM: Charlotte Motor Speedway Welcomes Evacuees from Hurricane Florence
Wednesday, 9:45 PM: U.S. waives gasoline rules in Virginia, Georgia as Florence nears
Wednesday, 9:20 AM: Tesla has enabled free Supercharging for owners in Hurricane Florence’s path with the following message:

We are temporarily enabling your car to access additional battery capacity, as well as free Supercharging, in preparation for Hurricane Florence. We hope that this gives you the peace of mind to get to a safe location, and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuration in mid-October. Badging on your display may adjust during this period. Safe travels!

Wednesday, 7:06 AM: More Evacuations as ‘Monster’ Storm Looms – The New York Times
Tuesday, 5:15 PM: Atlanta Motor Speedway opens campground to Hurricane Florence evacuees
Tuesday, 7:15 AM: Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches Issued for Portions of the Coasts of North and South Carolina
Monday, 11:15 PM: ‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Florence may approach Category 5 as it churns toward the Carolinas
Monday, 5:55 PM: Virginia Gov. Northam Orders Mandatory Evacuation of 245,000 Along Virginia Coast
Monday, 3:50 PM: Maryland Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

EV drivers on the OBX needing to top off for Florence Evacuation, the 2 Tesla and 1 ClipperCreek stations at Outer Banks Brewing were available Tuesday afternoon.

Remember to take your charging cable and all adapters if you need to evacuate.


EV Charging

Hurricane Florence Info Page for Tesla Owners – Triangle Tesla
EVTripPlanner – Route Energy Planner
PlugShare EV Charging Map
ChargePoint Network EV Charging Map
SemaConnect EV Charging Station Locator
EVgo Network EV Charging Map
Tesla Roadside Assistance & Supercharger Support: 877-798-3752

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Dare County Emergency Management
Live Traffic –
VisitNC Travel Advisory for Hurricane Florence
NC Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network

South Carolina

South Carolina Emergency Management Division
Gov. McMaster orders evacuation for SC coast ahead of Hurricane Florence


Virginia Department of Emergency Management
City of Norfolk Evacuation Information

Background Info

Twitter List – EV Florence
GM, Tesla activate features for EV owners in Florence’s path
Drive an Electric Vehicle and Live in the Path of Hurricane Florence? Help Is Here
A New Challenge for Disaster Zones: Driving an Electric Evacuation
As Hurricane Irma bore down, Tesla gave some Florida drivers more battery juice.
Bolting From Hurricane Irma: Maximizing the benefits of solar and an electric vehicle
Hurricanes: Electric Vehicles Could Help You Evacuate With Ease