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Hurricane: North Carolina suspends truck weighing to hasten harvest

North Carolina Executive Orders will allow farmers the opportunity to harvest as much of their crops as possible before Hurricane Matthew.

With the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew and the threat of severe economic loss of livestock, poultry, feed and crops ready to be harvested, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has issued a state of emergency for 66 counties in eastern and central North Carolina.

The governor has directed the Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend weighing those vehicles used to transport these items in the emergency area, and has also declared that the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-381 should be waived.

“With the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew later this week and the threat of severe economic loss of livestock, poultry and crops, I am very appreciative that Gov. McCrory has issued a state of emergency for 66 counties in eastern and central North Carolina. At my recommendation and as allowed by state law, the governor has directed the Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend weighing vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry, feed and crops in the emergency area,” says NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in a statement.

“These Executive Orders will allow our farmers the opportunity to harvest as much of their crops as possible before the storm hits. The orders also will help ensure that livestock, poultry and feed can be moved as necessary,” Troxler said.

“Although this storm may change course, we are monitoring the situation closely, and are working proactively because of the amount of crops still in fields. We urge everyone to take this situation seriously and take precautions as the storm moves toward North Carolina," Troxler said.

If anyone is mistakenly stopped while trying to transport livestock, poultry, feed or harvested crops, they should share the executive orders with law enforcement.

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