Michael Jordan’s NBA team raising money for Hurricane Florence needs
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Michael Jordan's NBA team is joining with the league to help those in need as Tropical Storm Florence pummels the Carolinas.

Jordan, who is the lead owner of the Charlotte Hornets, said Friday that “it’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas.”

“The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet. Together with the NBA, we have launched a platform to aid those most impacted. Please join me, the Hornets organization and the NBA and donate to one of the local organizations assisting in the relief and recovery efforts. To all those affected, stay safe and know that we’re here to help,” he added in a statement.

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The Hornets and NBA through NBA Cares announced Friday that they are raising money to donate to charities including the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Foundation for the Carolinas, Second Harvest Food Bank and the United Way of Central Carolinas. They have set up a website so fans can donate as well.

The Hornets and NBA Cares also indicated that they will be doing volunteer work once initial relief efforts are complete.

North Carolina officials on Friday reported the first deaths from Florence after it made landfall Friday morning as a Category 1 storm.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE also approved a North Carolina disaster declaration on Friday, ordering federal aid to recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Florence.