Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE has approved a disaster declaration for North Carolina as the state deals with Tropical Storm Florence, the White House announced Saturday.

Trump ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts beginning Sept. 7 in areas affected by Florence, which made landfall early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, the White House said. Trump issued the order on Friday.

Aid can include grants for housing and home repairs, loans to cover property loss and emergency work.

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Trump had previously declared a state of emergency in North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Virginia, in anticipation of the storm.

Florence made landfall Friday morning and at least seven people have already died, including a mother and child who died when a tree fell on their house.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that the storm is expected to dump more rain on North Carolina for at least a couple more days. 

North Carolina Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesHouse lawmakers push Yemen resolution as Senate nears vote How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms Trump deals with Saudis may be worth much less than 0 billion MORE (R) and others had requested for Trump to declare an expedited emergency declaration via a letter on Monday.