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Tropical Cyclones relation to agriculture/K-12

How does this relate to agriculture?

The effects of a hurricane can have devastating impacts on agriculture in the Southeast. Strong winds and heavy rains can damage and destory crops as well as livestock. Hurricane Floyd made landfall in Cape Fear, North Carolina as a powerful category 2 hurricane with winds of 104 mph. Floyd's path kept it mainly along the eastern half of North Carolina, but its sheer size made its effects felt through central North Carolina as well. A major concern for many farmers was the contamination of crops by flood waters. The heavy rains and flooding filled many hog lagoons and caused them to overflow their banks, contaminating nearby crops and farmland. Additionally, due to all of the flooding and contamination, the following year's seed crop was dramatically affected since much of the harvest was lost.

Farmland Flooding

Figure E: Farmland Flooding
Images from James Pearce

Agriculture losses from Hurricane Floyd tallied up into the millions for North Carolina. Crop damage from flooding and strong winds added to over 47 million dollars, while livestock damage was relatively small at $272,500. Damage done to equipment, buildings, and land added up to over 13 million dollars. Some counties were especially hit hard by the hurricane. Edgecombe County lost 1,156 of its 11,564 acres of its peanut crop, and estimates of the monetary loss from that totaled 7 million dollars.

Cropland Flooding

Figure F: Cropland Flooding
Images from James Pearce

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