Donald Trump praises emergency response to ‘epic’ floods and hurricane

Trump will visit SC to survey damage from Hurricane Florence

The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

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WH Group Ltd's Smithfield Foods Inc [SFIL.UL], the biggest USA pork producer, was operating processing plants at limited capacity, after previously closing the world's largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, spokeswoman Diana Souder said.

But on Wednesday he offered comforting words to families who suffered losses, saying, "America grieves with you and our hearts break for you".

The storm's grim aftermath, some of which Trump was expected to see Wednesday during stops in North Carolina and SC, presented a challenge for a president who has struggled at times to show empathy in moments of national tragedy.

Trump wants to see parts of the states hardest hit by the storm and subsequent flooding, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One. "There will be nothing left undone", he said.

Though slow-moving Florence has moved into the USA northeast, allowing glimpses of sunlight in the waterlogged state, at least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days, the state said.

Residents of the Carolinas struggled to return to normalcy on Tuesday after taking a beating from Hurricane Florence, but their efforts were hindered by standing water and additional flooding expected from already swollen rivers.

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President Trump declared a state of emergency in SC on Monday ahead of the storm, which moved into the state late Friday. A man tries to corral escaped horses in the floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton , North Carolina.

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Property damage from the storm is expected to come to $17 billion to $22 billion, the risk management firm Moody's Analytics said.

Trump says during a briefing by local and federal officials, "We will be there 100 per cent" following flooding he described as "epic" and "hard to believe". "They don't know whose boat that is, but it's not theirs".

While he was being briefed about the deadly hurricane-related flooding and damage, Trump asked, "How is Lake Norman doing?" Around a quarter of a million people remain without power, and sections of several major roadways remain impassable.

Church volunteers have containers of hot dogs, chips and fruit and have been handing out food to people in need.

On his first visit to Texas after Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Houston, Trump met with no storm victims, choosing instead to receive high-level briefings from state officials.

President Donald Trump has arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina to take in the devastation left by Florence.

Richardson says the patients' bodies were being recovered Wednesday morning. People in North Carolina were ordered to leave their homes, and the city of Wilmington has been cut off due to the huge flooding. "Nearly 20,000 federal and military personnel are supporting response efforts", he said.

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