South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper have declared a State of Emergency in their respective states ahead of Hurricane Florence.
Governor McMaster has also submitted to President Donald Trump a request for a federal emergency declaration
“While it’s still too early to know the storm’s path, we know we have to be prepared,” Gov. Cooper said. “During harvest, time is of the essence. Action today can avoid losses due to Florence.”
The S.C. governor is requesting the availability of federal resources should the storm make landfall in South Carolina. This request, if approved would also make state and local agencies eligible for reimbursement through FEMA for certain costs related to emergency measures taken during the storm and for debris removal, if necessary.
Florence strengthened into a hurricane this morning. South Carolina and North Carolina are currently in the predicted path, but its exact course remains uncertain.