It takes a lot to distract attention in North Carolina in October from the state fair. But this year, Hurricane Matthew managed to do it. By the time that the fairgrounds had been cleared of debris and the fair opened, five days after Matthew had struck on Oct. 8, the evidence of the storm was largely gone in Raleigh.
But to the east, downstream flooding had brought farming and indeed most normal commerce to a halt, and the water problems were still going on when the fair closed on Oct. 23. [Read more…]