Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' 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 JonesGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Kavanaugh accuser Ford offers gripping testimony | Sights and sounds from Capitol | Hearing grips Washington Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Trump caps UN visit with wild presser | Accuses China of election meddling | Pentagon spending bill clears House | Hawks cheer bill | Lawmakers introduce resolution to force Yemen vote MORE (R) and others had requested for Trump to declare an expedited emergency declaration via a letter on Monday.