Flooding from Hurricane Florence has affected major operations of some of North Carolina’s largest companies, including Martin Marietta, Butterball, PPD and West Pharmaceuticals. Walmart’s are closed, too.
So far 3.4 million chickens and turkeys, and 5,500 hogs are dead in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence wind and floods. The numbers are expected to increase this week. The livestock death toll doubles that of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Duke Energy says rainfall from Hurricane Florence eroded a lined landfill at its Sutton Power Plant, letting stormwater possibly carrying coal ash into the popular fishing spot Sutton Lake in Wilmington.
About 20,000 people nationwide participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS. Volunteers report 24-hour rainfall totals, and the National Weather Service uses that data.
Hurricane Florence volunteers and the Cajun Navy are getting free hotel rooms thanks to a man who donated more than 1.5 million Hilton Honors reward points to volunteers in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Southwest, Air Canada, Frontier, JetBlue, American and United say they plan to resume flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Saturday. They had canceled flights as Hurricane Florence came ashore in North Carolina.
Hurricane Florence is projected to dump a foot of rain or more on inland parts of South and North Carolina, where only a small percentage of homeowners carry federal flood insurance. Experts are projecting billions of dollars in losses.
UNC Health Care is waiving the $49 fee on its online urgent care service during Hurricane Florence. It offers basic medical consultations for non-emergency issues such as coughs, fevers, rashes, nausea and bug bites.
Hurricane Florence will be the first major test of safeguards installed at the Brunswick nuclear power plant, 30 miles south of Wilmington, since the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, which is the same generation and design as the Brunswick plant.