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Old 09-17-2018, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City area
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We had planned a driving trip east this week, visiting sites of some our favorite TV shows. Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and the Carolinas were among our plans. If we were physically able, we'd offer to help with cleanup, etc. Since we can't, we want to stay out of the way, not using hotel rooms, gas, etc., that the local people need. Obviously, North Carolina is out. What other areas should we avoid? Thanks.

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Old 09-18-2018, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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We had planned a driving trip east this week, visiting sites of some our favorite TV shows. Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and the Carolinas were among our plans. If we were physically able, we'd offer to help with cleanup, etc. Since we can't, we want to stay out of the way, not using hotel rooms, gas, etc., that the local people need. Obviously, North Carolina is out. What other areas should we avoid? Thanks.
Easiest to say just avoid the Carolinas and Virginia. Anywhere north of Virginia is fine. There's no way of knowing every single area and hotel bookings.


What you can do is:


* Map out your path
* Check the power outage map online
* Check webcams online for which roads are flooded
* Call a hotel in the area and ask


If you wait a month not only will things settle down more in those states but you'll see more foliage colors.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:58 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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www.drivenc.gov will show you what roads are closed in NC.

The western part of the state is OK. You must avoid the eastern part of the state completely....anywhere east of Raleigh.

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Old 09-19-2018, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Easiest to say just avoid the Carolinas and Virginia. Anywhere north of Virginia is fine. There's no way of knowing every single area and hotel bookings.


What you can do is:


* Map out your path
* Check the power outage map online
* Check webcams online for which roads are flooded
* Call a hotel in the area and ask


If you wait a month not only will things settle down more in those states but you'll see more foliage colors.

You mention the Fall foliage colors; here is a map that predicts the best times: https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/. One only has to slide the date slider at the bottom of the map to see where the foliage will peak in any given week. If the OP was planning on the trip next week; the New England states would be their best choice. That would also keep them out of the recovery effort.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Stay away from any area East of 95 and south of route 64.
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