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North Carolina Farmers Fear Crop Damage from Hurricane
USAgNet - 09/12/2018

Hurricane Florence is currently located in the south central Atlantic and is a powerful category 4 storm with 140 mph winds. Nearly all models show the storm tracking northwest towards the southern North Carolina coast Thursday night into early Friday morning, making landfall still as a category 4 storm.

Regardless of wind speeds when the storm makes landfall, it will slow once on land and will produce very heavy rainfall across central and eastern North Carolina. "Current projections show as much as 20 inches or more of rainfall possible across eastern North Carolina," said Don Keeney, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist for Radiant Solutions.

"This will certainly cause widespread flooding as well as some significant damage to any unharvested crops such as corn, soybeans, and especially cotton." Most of the damage should be confined to North Carolina, with crops in the rest of the Southeast not expected to see any significant impacts.

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