• President Trump declares major disaster in Florida

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    President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in Florida.

    The order allows federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on Sept. 4.

    Trump's action makes funds available to people in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

    Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

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