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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to help respond to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

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Earlier Thursday, Obama made the declaration for Florida. Obama’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate efforts to protect lives, property and alleviate the suffering caused by the hurricane.

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Emergency declarations are designed to help provide emergency services to protect lives and property, and to lessen the threat of a catastrophe.

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