Florence, the storm that swept into the American Southeast as a hurricane last week, inundated wide swaths of the Carolinas, leaving more than 30 people dead.
The storm, which is now broken into remnants, moved out of the area, leaving behind massive destruction, including in the region's agricultural industry.
North Carolina's poultry sector suffered the loss of at least 3.4 million birds, including chickens and turkeys, as a result of Florence, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced late Tuesday. The swine industry losses are now estimated at about 5,500 hogs, the department added.
Previously, one of the state's major poultry producers had estimated the loss of about 1.7 million chickens.
At the same time, the state agency warned that the livestock losses "could change based on further recovery efforts."
There also have been widespread power failures and roads being damaged or flooded, which have made it difficult to get feed to livestock operations and to bring in fuel to run backup generators at poultry houses and tobacco curing barns.
The harvesting of sweet potatoes has been interrupted due to flooding, and there are fears the storm caused damage to the tobacco crop left in fields.
"The biggest crisis we've got is certainly flooding and water down east," said Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau. "Many of the creeks and rivers have not crested yet."