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Trump declares state of emergency in Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOakland Raiders's Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem, then scores touchdown Trump declares state of emergency in Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence Ex-NFL player tears into Nike: Kaepernick ad ‘like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor’ MORE on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Virginia in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

The president's declaration, which makes federal assistance available to bolster state and local response efforts, comes less than 24 hours after he announced a state of emergency in North and South Carolina.

Virginia's congressional delegation urged Trump on Monday to issue such a declaration to assist with the commonwealth's emergency response.

Hurricane Florence strengthened to a category 4 storm on Monday as it barreled toward the mid-Atlantic. The storm is expected to make landfall this week near the Carolinas, and progress into Virginia and along the Atlantic coast.

Governors in all three states have issued orders to evacuate for residents in certain areas as the storm approaches.

Trump said earlier Tuesday that his administration is "absolutely and totally prepared" to respond to the hurricane.

"Everybody is ready," Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews after returning from a Sept. 11 memorial event in Pennsylvania.

The impending storm, which Trump has warned about on Twitter, forced the president to cancel two campaign rallies this week: one in Mississippi and one in Missouri.

The Trump administration drew criticism last year for its response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but received better reviews for its handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma.

Just had calls with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam regarding the incoming storm. Federal Government stands by, ready to assist 24/7.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018

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