By this morning enough will be known about the wind and water event bearing down on the Carolina coast to reveal where Hurricane Florence will hit land on Friday, and with how much punch. More than 10 million people in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia are under the hurricane warnings. 

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The state of Florida produces more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other state except California, and is the top tomato state in the country. As with backyard gardens, Hurricane Irma has turned many of Florida’s commercial fruit and vegetable fields into patches of pathogens that can’t be washed away.

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Rain, storm surges and flooding are expected to continue through the weekend, with Hurricane Harvey expected to make a second landfall today. The Texas tropical cyclone rainfall record appeared to have been broken Tuesday when a rain gauge east of Highlands, TX, reported 51.88 inches of rain as of 3 p.m.…

Editor’s note: As the National Weather Service continued to predict rain for already flooded areas on Monday, the USDA updated its food safety advice to consumers who are able to return to their homes.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be…

More rain is in the forecast for many flood-ravaged areas this week, but in areas where floodwaters have receded public health officials are warning people to not eat fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens or commercial growing fields that were under water. Even the thick rinds of pumpkins and melons cannot protect the edible portion of the produce if it has been exposed to floodwater. Even the thick rinds of pumpkins and melons cannot…