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Hurricane Matthew damage to crops may rival flooding

Boone Hall underwater as Matthews draws near - Cyril Samonte

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers says crops in some areas of the state may have sustained as much damage from Hurricane Matthew as they did from last year's historic flooding.

The Herald-Journal reports Weathers provided an update on the storm's impact on state farms Thursday during a stop in Spartanburg at Fairforest Elementary School.

Weathers says state officials are still trying to assess the extent of the damage to farms. He says the task is more difficult this year because the damage is more localized.

Weathers says some of the damage along Interstate 95 toward the coast is equal to damage sustained last year from floods.

Farmers are currently surveying crops to see what is salvageable.

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