Farmers rushing to harvest crops ahead of Hurricane Matthew

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Farmers across Eastern Carolina have been in the fields today, trying to get a jump on Hurricane Matthew.

Governor Pat McCrory issued a State of Emergency on Monday for 66 counties in the eastern and central sections of the state. That will waive weight, size, and hours of driving restrictions for agriculture vehicles.

The storm comes at a crucial time for peanut farmers like Lee Swinson.

The Duplin County farmer says harvest for his crop begins at the end of September to early October. He said each year they fill 300 trucks of peanuts, but because they just began harvest, only 12 trucks have been topped off.

Swinson says last year they lost $2 million because of the weather. He wants to harvest all of his peanut crop before Hurricane Matthew, "but there just isn't any way".

The State of Emergency also allows utility companies to position their trucks ahead of the storm.