Oct 1, 2022 - Energy & Environment

White House declares state of emergency as Ian approaches North Carolina

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The White House has approved a state of emergency for North Carolina as the remnants of Hurricane Ian approach the state on Saturday.

The big picture: Ian, now considered a post-tropical cyclone, will continue to weaken, but heavy rain and gusty winds will still impact the Mid-Atlantic region and New England coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Why it matters: Ian already battered Cuba, Puerto Rico, Florida and South Carolina earlier this week. Over a million customers in Florida remain without power and at least 30 people have died.

  • Losses from Ian are expected to exceed $30 billion, Axios' Nathan Bomey reports, and is likely to be "one of the largest catastrophic loss events" in U.S. history.

Of note: The White House also declared a major disaster for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

  • Federal aid will assist in programs allowing individuals, families, and business owners to recover from the effects of the disaster, per the White House.
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