Hurricane Florence Update From NCDA&CS (9/12/18)

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This newsletter contains important information from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Veterinary Division in regards to Hurricane Florence. Please share this newsletter with others as appropriate. To subscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to the Veterinary Division’s general email account,

Emergency Management Weather Tracking

Please see the updated weather information below. The key takeaway is that Hurricane Florence will most likely be a Category 4 hurricane when it makes landfall. Landfall will probably be along the Southeastern coast of North Carolina sometime late Thursday or early Friday. After that, we are uncertain the exact track of the storm. Effects from the storm will be wide ranging, and the model may not depict what route the storm will maneuver after making landfall.

Once in the Carolinas, the storm is expected to stall causing significant flooding issues. It is possible we will have long-term impacts from this storm in many areas of the state. Please stay tuned to your local forecasts and use these links for important storm information:

Hurricane Florence key takeaways graphic from NCDA&CS on September 12, 2018.
N.C. Department of Agriculture Emergency Hotline
For emergencies, please call the North Carolina Department of Agriculture emergency hotline at 866-645-9403.
Duke Energy Urges Carolina Customers to Prepare for Hurricane
Widespread power outages are likely in North Carolina and South Carolina and could last multiple days to weeks.
Health Certificates Waived for Hurricane Evacuation Animals
Several states including North Carolina have waived some interstate movement requirements for animals being evacuated from hurricane-affected states. These states are temporarily suspending ICVI (health certificate)requirements for the interstate movement of animals and coggins tests for horses. Click on the link for each state for exceptions and details of hurricane evacuated animals entering that state.
Mass Animal Mortality Management Plan
The Mass Animal Mortality Management Plan for catastrophic natural disasters was developed by the state before Hurricane Matthew. NCDA&CS has reviewed and recommended the plan for mass animal mortality. Click on the links below for guidance on composting mass animal mortality.
A list of the county landfills indicating which animal species are accepted and landfill contact information can be found using the link below.
Active Commercial Swine Farms in Path of Florence
Map graphic illustrating 7-day rainfall forecast for active commercial swine farms in North Carolina as of September 12, 2018.Active Commercial Swine Farms in North Carolina_39mph Projected Wind Speed_9-12-18Active Commercial Swine Farms in North Carolina_58mph Projected Wind Speed_9-12-18
NCDA&CS Veterinary Division’s Livestock Unit
The livestock unit has four regions throughout the state. Attached is the regional map with a list of the Veterinary Medical Officers and Animal Health Technicians and their contact information.