Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 pays tribute to Walter Jones GOP leader presses Trump to agree to border deal House passes resolution honoring Walter Jones MORE (R) and others had requested for Trump to declare an expedited emergency declaration via a letter on Monday.