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President Trump approves federal funding for Hurricane Florence relief in North Carolina

President Trump has approved a disaster declaration in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence, making federal funding available to individuals impacted by the storm.
Credit: Chip Somodevilla
NEW BERN, NC - SEPTEMBER 14: Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm and flooding from the heavy rain is forcing hundreds of people to call for emergency rescues in the area around New Bern, North Carolina, which sits at the confluence of the Nuese and Trent rivers. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Trump has approved a disaster declaration in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence, making federal funding for recovery available to individuals impacted by the storm.

The action makes that funding available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. Areas along the North Carolina coast could see up to 40 inches of rainfall as the slow-moving storm crawls inland toward the Charlotte area.

As of Friday morning, seven deaths have been attributed to the storm, including a Wilmington mother and her infant baby.

Federal funding will also be available to state and eligible local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work on those affected counties.

People affected by Florence can apply for federal assistance starting Sunday by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers will operate from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice.

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