Follow CBSPHILLY Facebook  | Twitter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Roughly 1.7 million chickens were killed when Hurricane Florence swept through the Carolinas.

READ MORE: New Jersey Sees $24 Million In Marijuana Sales, Grants New Licenses

Poultry producer Sanderson Farms says out their 880 broiler houses in North Carolina, 60 have flooded due to the hurricane.

READ MORE: Police-Involved Shooting Outside Dollar General In Absecon Under Investigation

“The Company estimates that approximately 1.7 million head of broiler chickens out of an average live inventory of approximately 20 million head, ranging in age from six days to sixty-two days, were destroyed as a result of flooding,” said Sanderson Farms.

The company doesn’t believe that the loss of housing capacity will affect its ongoing operations.

MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Primary 2022: GOP Intervenes In 11th-Hour Pennsylvania Senate Race Lawsuit

At least 35 people have died in storm-related incidents — 25 in North Carolina, 6 in South Carolina and 1 in Virginia