North Carolina growers lost 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs to Hurricane Florence, but farmers don’t yet know the extent of damage done to crops such as tobacco, corn, soybeans, cotton and sweet potatoes.
Hurricane Florence: Duke Energy’s Lee coal ash pond in Goldsboro is reportedly spilling into the Neuse River. Sutton coal ash pond in Wilmington also spilled. The Waterkeeper Alliance and DEQ are investigating.
Raleigh got its second electric scooter company in downtown this week, when Lime scooters joined Bird scooters. Meanwhile, the Durham City Council postponed a vote on a proposed scooter ordinance for the city.
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.