September 09, 2018
Hurricane Florence heads up for SC Poultry Industry
The Governor has declared a state of emergency as of Noon today (Saturday) due to possible direct hit from major hurricane (Cat 3 or above) next week. Still time for it to turn out to sea with a lot of uncertainty in the projected storm tracks. The trend in the changes in the projected storm track have not been good news for South Carolina with the SC coast in the center of the current cone of possibility. Landfall is currently estimated to be on Thursday with tropical storm winds in SC starting as early as Wednesday late afternoon.
Due to the likelihood of evacuations with lane reversals beginning as early as Monday, I suggest that companies with birds below the fall line, especially in the Pee Dee, consider doing at least these things:
-Encourage farms to be sure propane/fuel tanks for emergency generators are full and that these systems are in good operating order.
-Get enough feed on hand by Monday noon if possible to cover these operations for the full week.
Impacts could be severe farther inland than previous storms due to the possibility of a path that is perpendicular to the coast heading further inland stronger. A Cat 5 storm cannot be ruled out at this time. SCEMD included a figure of 70% damage to Pee Dee (Darlington, etc) poultry operations in the current worst case scenario and identified for the Governor and all on the call the critical nature of keeping the generators running until power can be restored.
Prepare, enjoy your weekend and pray this storm changes course and heads out to sea.
Boyd H. Parr, DVM CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
Director & State Veterinarian, Livestock Poultry Health
PO Box 102406
Columbia, SC 29224-2406
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