According to Edmunds, several international automakers were hit by the storms this week. Toyota, the car maker with which the Japanese twin disaster was so unforgiving with, had to close the Huntsville, Alabama engine plant on Wednesday, due to a power outage. Electricity problems are expected to affect the plant for some more time to come.
The plants of two other Asian manufacturers in Alabama, Hyundai and Honda, were also affected by the tornadoes and their results, but indirectly. Although the plants themselves escaped unscathed, the suppliers of the two automaker (yet unnamed) were hit and some part shortages are to be expected.
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, was also closed on Wednesday, and will remain closed, according to Felyicia Jerald, head of Mercedes-Benz US International, until next Monday. The decision has been made, says Mercedes, not because the plant was directly affected, but to help the employees avoid traveling during this time.
According to USA Today, the tornadoes of this past week claimed the lives of at least 290 people. Regions in six Southern states were devastated.