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Moving chickens, harvesting tobacco, managing hog manure: NC farmers prepare for Florence

Steve Carroll of the Carolina Mushroom Farm says his business has withstood every major hurricane and storm since the early 1980s. Foto: Eamon Queeney for The Washington Post

WILLOW SPRING, N.C. - Thick clouds and heavy humidity hinted at the storm crawling its way toward Carolina Mushroom Farm. But it was a crisp 38 degrees inside one of the farm's concrete and metal coolers that stores harvested and packaged mushrooms.

For Shahane Taylor and Steve Carroll, the farm's co-owners, the electricity that keeps their mushroom sheds at just the right temperatures, humidity levels and lighting is essential to running the largest mushroom producer between Pennsylvania and Florida. The sheds are bolted into a concrete floor and, Taylor and Carroll say, have withstood every major hurricane and storm since the early 1980s...

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