As Hurricane Florence begins to batter North Carolina, the state’s governor has asked President Donald Trump for another federal disaster declaration beyond what the president declared earlier this week.
Gov. Roy Cooper requested the added disaster declaration Thursday because he anticipates what his office calls “historic major damage” across the state from the hurricane.
Cooper’s office says the current emergency declaration is helping state officials prepare for the storm. It says the additional declaration would bring more federal help with debris removal, search and rescue teams, meals and generators, among other items.
Cooper is seeking the new declaration so that federal funds and other assistance can be received as soon as possible.