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RALEIGH ­—State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year in light of Hurricane Florence’s destruction in 2018.

“So many of us are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Florence,” said Troxler. “This storm has been a disastrous reminder of just how important it is to have an emergency plan for your farm, food company or agribusiness..”

Scientists at North Carolina State University are predicting 13 to 16 named storms in the Atlantic basin this year, which is about average.

The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Visit the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website,, for more information.