Hurricane Florence is approaching the U.S. East Coast, threatening Georgia and the Carolinas. While the storm speed is decreasing somewhat, disastrous circumstances are still expected, and Georgia is still under a state of emergency, WSB-TV reports
Credit: National Hurricane Center
The nursery industry in the state of Georgia is bracing for impact, with the Southern Nursery Association having opened the SNA Disaster Relief Forum
to the public during Hurricane Florence. Meanwhile, Hoffman Nursery
will be closing at noon on Thursday, Sept. 13th and will remain closed Friday, Sept. 14th. "Assuming all is well, we will reopen for normal business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) on Monday, Sept. 17. We will monitor the situation and provide any scheduling or shipping updates as needed."
The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association has informed members that their office will be closed Thursday, September 13, 2018 and Friday, September 14, 2018 so that staff can prepare their families and homes for the coming storm.
Depending on the impact of the storm, the NCNLA office may remain closed through Tuesday of next week. If you need immediate assistance for recovery efforts after the storm please contact the following board members based on your area:
- Eastern North Carolina: Jamie Thomas, Swift Creek Nursery: (919) 934-7764
- Central North Carolina: Shanon Spivey, Spivey's Nursery: (336) 992-2530
- Western North Carolina: Chad Gragg, Buffalo Creek Nurseries: (828) 754-2965
Because of Hurricane Florence, airlines are likely to cancel many flights in the direct path of the storm and the surrounding areas, the FAA warns
. Flights that are not cancelled may be delayed.
USDA offering help to affected growers