"The severity of damage and number of areas impacted is rapidly increasing and is forecast to worsen drastically in the coming days," the members wrote. "Accordingly, we sincerely appreciate your timely consideration of this expedited Major Disaster Declaration request."
"Although the totality of devastation will continue to unfold, it is imperative that
Full text of the letter to the President is below.
Dear Mr. President,
As Members of
The expedited Major Disaster Declaration is for both individual assistance and public assistance, including direct federal assistance for counties across
Currently 76 counties have declared local states of emergency, 22 counties are under a hurricane warning with an additional 23 counties under tropical storm warnings. Due to evacuations, the state has already opened 131 shelters, housing over 6,900 residents. Additionally, 2,800
We again respectfully request you approve this Major Disaster Declaration consistent with the intended purposes of the