Hurricane Florence has killed almost 2M chickens

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"The Company estimates that approximately 1.7 million head of broiler chickens out of an average live inventory of approximately 20 million head, ranging in age from six days to sixty-two days, were destroyed as a result of flooding", said Sanderson Farms.

Florence, now a tropical depression, has innundated parts of the Carolinas with major flooding and risky winds, causing at least 20 deaths by Monday.

North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, warned that floodwaters would linger for days, and urged residents in the path of the hurricane who had evacuated not to return yet.

Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said "the numbers are all over the place" and "there's just too much blame going around".

"We do not believe, based on on-farm assessments to date and industry-wide surveying, that there are widespread impacts to the more than 2,100 farms with more than 3,300 anaerobic treatment lagoons in the state", the council said.

"I'll be glad when I can drive home, drive to the door", she said.

Governor Cooper also talked to people about the recovery effort overall and said that the state's full attention is directed at that recovery process, adding, "The time has come to begin recovery". High winds brought down trees and damaged homes.

Civil Air patrol members handing a case of water to a citizen
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Crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located.

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (40 kph).

"We reached out to try to find as many partners who are willing to sacrifice and give to this cause", Jordan said.

Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed.

Scientists say the slow moving pace of Florence was very similar to Hurricane Harvey, which dropped more than 60 inches of rain on Texas. Officials are monitoring the bridge and could close it if water reaches the roadway. Cooper said more than 1,100 roads remained closed Tuesday, including Interstates 95 and 40 and other major routes.

In addition to the donation, more than 100 members of the Hornets organization will help pack disaster food boxes Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.

President Donald Trump plans to visit North Carolina on Wednesday to see the destruction left behind by Hurricane Florence, as well as the hard relief efforts.

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