President Trump declares emergency for Alabama

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( — President Donald Trump has declared a State of Emergency for Alabama in response to damage from Hurricane Nate.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration on Oct. 7, so that the state would have acccess to federal assistance in the aftermath of the hurricane.

Thomas P. Bossert, assistant to the president for Homeland Security, confirmed this morning that a state of emergency had been declared.

"I remain in contact with my emergency operations team to monitor the threat Nate poses to our state," Ivey said. "In that vein, I have declared a State of Emergency so that we can respond however necessary at the appropriate time. We are ready to respond, however we need to, no matter what happens."

Nate made landfall in Mississippi early Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane and later weakened to a tropical storm.

"I greatly appreciate the quick response from President Trump and FEMA Administrator Brock Long," Ivey said. "We have had a great working relationship during the four storms since I took office. We will use this federal assistance to ensure that all Alabamians receive the support they need as the recovery from Hurricane Nate begins."

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