( National Weather Service )

The storm clouds have fled and sunshine has returned, but it will take North Carolina sweet potato growers several days to assess damage from Hurricane Florence.

Variable rainfall totals, from below five inches to well into double digits were reported in growing areas from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, Kelly McIver, executive director of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, Benson, N.C.

Wind gusts near 40 miles per hour were reported near Benson, she said.

“We are expecting some (crop) damage, but it is too early for us to tell right now,” she said Sept. 17.

“We know that growers are resilient and are going to service their customers the best way possible.”

While power has been restored to many, she said there are still parts of the state that don’t have power as of Sept. 17.