Hurricane Florence's top winds dipped to 130mph on Tuesday morning, but it remains a Category 4 storm and is expected to approach Category 5 status as it slows and strengthens over warm ocean water off the coast of North and SC.
Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, "is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday night" and has triggered a hurricane watch for all of North Carolina and part of SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence is the most severe storm to threaten the US mainland this year.
More than 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the US southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in almost three decades, barreled closer on Tuesday.
The waste can be a significant problem when there's storm surge and heavy rain, as a lot of North Carolina's hog production is close to the coast, according to Will Sawyer, an Atlanta-based economist at CoBank.
Experts predict the storm will likely hit the center of the state on Thursday or early Friday and then move its way inland toward Raleigh, bringing tropical storm force winds and up to 12 inches of rain in some inland counties.
South Carolina's governor ordered the evacuation of the state's entire coastline on Tuesday and predicted that a million people would flee as major roads reverse directions.
He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain". Tropical storm conditions could hit those areas by early Thursday, forecasters say.
NC State has worked in partnership with University leadership, West Virginia University officials, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management personnel to arrive at a decision in the best interests of the safety and well-being of fans, student-athletes and all parties involved.
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It is then forecast to close in on North or SC on Thursday, hitting a stretch of coastline that is vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.
"In my area, we flooded in 2015". While college football is an irrelevant speck on the radar of life when a hurricane is set to make landfall, we're still tracking games impacted by Hurricane Florence.
Bloomberg reported September 11 that due to Hurricane Florence's threat to the hog-heavy Carolina region October hog futures jumped as much as 2.9 percent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Monday.
Last year, there were 17 named storms.
Two years ago, more than a million poultry birds died when floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew covered areas across central and eastern North Carolina.
Days before its arrival, Florence was already disrupting commercial operations.
Tall corn and tobacco crops are most vulnerable to wind damage and hard to harvest if knocked down, said Rhonda Garrison, executive director of the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina.
Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?" The storm is expected to make landfall near Wilmington on Thursday with impacts starting Wednesday. "Everybody in the area has been busy trying to get corn in and just about everyone is finished up that".
"Where else can we go?"