FEMA Florence deadline looms

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— North Carolina home and business owners have just two weeks to register for federal help in fixing properties damaged this fall in Hurricane Florence.

The deadline to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Thursday, Dec. 13, at midnight.

Property owners can apply in person, at a Disaster Recovery Center, over the phone at 800-621-3362 or online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

There are 10 centers open in North Carolina, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in communities across the southeast quadrant of the state, from Fayetteville to Whiteville to Morehead City.

In North Carolina, Hurricane Florence:

  • Claimed 31 lives
  • Knocked out power to almost 2 million customers at the peak of the storm
  • Dumped about 10 trillion gallons of rain
  • Gusted winds at up to 112 miles per hour
  • Saw 15,000 people forced from their homes into shelters