America president Donald Trump declares disaster for 7 SC counties after storms

COLUMBIA — US President Donald Trump today approved a disaster request from the South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster following tornadoes and severe weather that hit the state last month, according to a Saturday news release.

Nine people died in South Carolina as a result of the storms that occurred on April 12 and 13.

The declaration covers seven counties: Aiken, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens, state officials said.

Residents who suffered storm damage in those areas are eligible for storm-related costs not covered by insurance and can register for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 800-621-3362.

Additionally, Trump approved federal assistance to state and local governments in Barnwell, Colleton, Georgetown, Hampton, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens counties for their recovery efforts.

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