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Trump Issues Federal Emergency Declaration For Virginia

Virginia Gets Federal Help

September 11, 2018 - 4:04 pm
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence 

 

President Donald Trump says the safety of the American people is his "absolute highest priority" as Hurricane Florence takes aim at portions of the East Coast.

Trump was being briefed by the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

He says the federal government is ready to respond to the Category 4 storm.

FEMA administrator Brock Long is warning that the hurricane will be a "devastating event" and urging Americans to evacuate if they've been asked to leave their homes. He says electric power could be out for weeks.

Trump has declared states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Virginia, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.

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President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Virginia as Hurricane Florence approaches.

Trump announced the action Tuesday. It comes after he approved a similar declaration for North and South Carolina, which are currently in the bull's-eye of the powerful Category 4 storm. The action frees up federal funds and resources.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center forecasts as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain, if not more, for parts of North Carolina. Rain could reach as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) elsewhere in North Carolina, Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, but no federal emergency has been declared in the nation's capital.

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Gas supplies are expected to tighten in the Carolinas as a powerful hurricane heads toward the Atlantic coast.

AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright says some gas stations in North and South Carolina are running short on fuel as Hurricane Florence approaches the coast. Wright says supplies are often stretched in the run-up to a storm, as many people fill up out of fear stations will run out.

Wright says prices might go up in some places but that any spike shouldn't last long. Price gouging laws have gone into effect in North and South Carolina, and residents are urged to report suspected instances to attorneys general in both states.

The storm could cause fuel deliveries to be halted temporarily. But unlike last year's Hurricane Harvey, Wright says crude processing shouldn't be effected because no refineries are in Florence's path.

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Recruits are returning to the Marine Corps' largest East Coast training installation after South Carolina's governor lifted an evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Marines currently in training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island had begun departing the installation on Tuesday for another base in Albany, Georgia.

But McMaster lifted the evacuation for Beaufort County where the island is located and other counties after noting that the powerful hurricane's projected path has shifted to the north.

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