Hurricane Florence forecast. (Image: NOAA)
Hurricane Florence could raise seafood prices
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
North Carolina’s fresh seafood exports would be affected by the heavy rain with inland flooding caused by Hurricane Florence, which tracks closer to the Carolinas.
Sellers at the Jacksonville Farmers Market on West Beaver Street told News4Jax that the impact on consumers depends on how badly the storm hits. They said it could result in a rise in prices, and it could also mean no crops or seafood will be imported from North Carolina.
Seafood sellers consider the storm will be devastating as docks will be ruined and with all that trash and debris, the fishing industry would not be able to use nets.
In their view, Virginia oysters are probably going to be put on hold and mussels, clams, red fish, flounder will be affected. However, there are other species of fish that will not be affected although consumers will notice certain seafood will be more expensive or not available.
Meteorologists consider that if the latest forecast holds, Florence will strike farther north on the East Coast than any other Category 4 hurricane in history.
"With this storm, what's unique is it's forecast to stall ... dropping copious amounts of rainfall across the Carolinas and into Virginia," Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said. "So this is not just going to be a coastal threat. It's a statewide threat for the states involved."
"Inland flooding will be a major threat and something people far from the landfall location should be concerned about," CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.