September 17, 2018

Hurricane Florence has processors on guard

Major meat processors with operations in the Carolinas and Virginia hope for the best while preparing for the worst as Hurricane Florence continues traveling northwestward to the eastern United States.

An Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft reported maximum sustained winds decreased to 130 mph with higher gusts, however Florence remains a category 4 hurricane, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km),” NOAA said in a public advisory. “Florence is expected to begin re-strengthening later today and continue a slow strengthening trend for the next day or so.  While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through landfall.”  Read more

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