Hurricane Dorian Threatens Crops, Energy Infrastructure in Carolinas
Over the weekend, Hurricane Dorian reached 185 mph and caused catastrophic damage to the Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands of the northern Bahamas. Currently, Dorian is a category two hurricane packing winds of 110 mph. It is expected to eventually turn northward and set its direction toward the Carolinas later this week, according to AgriMarketing.
“Even though Dorian is near stationary currently, it is expected to be pushed north by a trough of low pressure. This feature will help most of Florida stay clear of the brunt of the storm,” said Brad Harvey, Maxar’s Weather Desk Meteorologist. Currently, the forecast has Dorian coming very close to the Florida coast over the next few days, bringing tropical storm-force winds, storm surge and heavy rain while the strongest winds stay offshore.
Since Dorian now has a higher likelihood of impacting the Carolinas, from an agricultural perspective, farmers will be watching the storm’s path closely as it could affect crops such as soybeans, corn, and cotton. Some farmers in North Carolina have already started harvesting corn in advance of the hurricane.