Trump grants major disaster declaration for Florida

Trump grants major disaster declaration for Florida
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President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Florida on Sunday as Hurricane Irma pummels the state with life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds. 

The declaration will provide individuals in Florida with assistance after the storm passes, in addition to assisting the state and local authorities with rebuilding and repairing infrastructure. 

The declaration comes just hours after a request from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). 


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News of the declaration comes as Irma wreaks havoc on Florida, slamming into its west coast. 

The president announced on Sunday he would be visiting south Florida as soon as possible. 

"We're going to Florida very soon," Trump told reporters at the White House. 

"It's going to play out over the next five or six hours. I'm going in now for meetings, but it's all about coordination. I think we're really well coordinated, as well as you can possibly be."

A record 6.3 million people were evacuated from Florida's low-lying, coastal and southern areas over the past week. 

Over one million people have been left without power in the state as the storm has moved north.