Emergency declaration granted for Commonwealth as Virginians anxiously await Florence's landfall

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(Photo by Yuri Gripas - Pool/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth will be receiving some help from the federal government as Hurricane Florence looms, according to Gov. Ralph Northam. 

In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the governor announced that President Donald Trump has granted an emergency declaration for the Commonwealth, which will provide federal resources as part of Virginia's response to Hurricane Florence. 

The declaration allows FEMA to coordinate disaster relief operations and provide further assistance. 

According to a release from the governor's office, federal emergency declarations supplement state and local government efforts with emergency services. 

President Trump granted the emergency declaration the day after members of Virginia's congressional delegation called on him to do so. 

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