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Florence triggers disaster declaration for North Carolina

Published:Saturday | September 15, 2018 | 4:18 PM
United States President Donald Trump

United States (US) President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina where Tropical Storm Florence has left six people dead.

Officials say nearly one million households in the Carolinas have no electricity and warn that the worst of the storm is far from over.

The declaration by Trump, which was announced by the White House today, frees up federal funding, including grants, for property repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured losses.

The White House says Trump may travel to the region next week.

Forecasters in the US say top sustained winds from the weather system have weakened to 80 kilometres per hour, but are expected to cause more flash flooding.

According to reports, some towns have already recorded over 2 feet of rainfall and forecasters say the storm could dump up to 3.5 feet of rainfall in some areas.

Reports say five of the deaths occurred in North Carolina.

Among them were a mother and her child who were killed after a tree fell on their home last evening.

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