A Florida auto shop is inviting local car enthusiasts to store their vehicles in its warehouse ahead of Hurricane Irma

Import image racing hurricane irmaImport Image Racing/FacebookA view inside Import Image Racing’s warehouse in Fort Myers, Florida.

An auto shop in Florida is helping car enthusiasts protect their vehicles and boats ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Import Image Racing in Fort Myers, Florida, invited car owners to store their vehicles inside its warehouse, as Irma bears down on Florida’s southern coast.

The Category 4 storm was expected to make landfall sometime this weekend.

The shop posted a video on its Facebook page¬†Friday showing a handful of cars already lined up inside the warehouse. “Doing what we can to help local car and boat owners with hurricane irma headed this way,” the caption read.

South Florida has a vibrant car culture, so it is unsurprising that enthusiasts are looking for ways to protect their vehicles.

According to multiple estimates, floodwaters damaged as many as 1 million vehicles in the car-dependent Houston metro area after Hurricane Harvey battered southeastern Texas late last month.

For customers of the enthusiast-oriented auto shop in Florida, car owners don’t just depend on their rides; for some, they are prized possessions. An unidentified attendant who answered the phone at the shop Friday afternoon told Business Insider several people¬†had already left their vehicles inside its warehouse and that there was space for “10 to 15 more.” It was not immediately clear whether car owners would be liable for potential damage to their own vehicles due to the storm.

The shop’s location in Fort Myers sits between Bonita Beach and Anclote River along Florida’s west coast where hurricane and storm-surge watches were in effect for about 177 miles of coastline as of 2 p.m. ET Friday.

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