KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following major destruction in the Bahamas over the weekend from Hurricane Dorian, meat processors and livestock producers are preparing for operational disruptions when the storm moves into the US.
As of Sept. 3, the hurricane is now a Category 2 storm and is approaching the Florida coast with winds up to 110 mph. Weather forecasts have Dorian moving into the Carolinas and Virginia during this week.
Tyson Foods continues preparing in case the storm moves near its processing facilities in Georgia and Florida.
“We are closely monitoring hurricane Dorian and are focused on the safety of our team members,” said Tyson spokesman Derek Burleson. “Out of an abundance of caution we are not operating our Jacksonville, Florida, plant today or Wednesday.”
The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) released a statement on Sept. 1 regarding the preparations for the impending landfall.
“North Carolina hog farmers have seen about 20 hurricanes over the past 20 years. Our farmers, veterinarians, environmental specialists and other experts have, working with state regulators and other partners, made tremendous strides in preparation for storms,” NCPC said. “These measures include the closure of more than 100 swine farms that were in flood-prone areas.”
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