The United States declares an emergency in Florida due to the passage of Hurricane ‘Nicole’

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, approved the declaration of emergency in the state of Florida due to the passage of hurricane ‘Nicole’which began to form on November 7.

Earlier this Wednesday the National Hurricane Center (CNH), based in Miami, reported that ‘Nicole’ evolved from a tropical storm to a hurricane, and that reached maximum sustained winds of about 120 kilometers per hour and that it was located in the afternoon about 170 kilometers east of West Palm Beach.

In a statement released by the White House, the US president ordered assistance from federal funds to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts to address emergency conditions brought on by the storm.

With this declaration, Biden ordered the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate “all relief efforts” in the event of a disaster “that have the purpose of relieving hardship and suffering caused by the emergency in the local population”.

Likewise, it will serve to provide “the appropriate assistance” for the emergency measures required as save lives and protect property and public health or safetyas well as to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in several dozen counties.

“FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide, at its discretion, the equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency“, indicated the White House in its letter.

Last September, hurricane ‘Ian’ left two million residents without electricity and claimed the lives of more than 90 peopleleaving wind gusts of more than 240 kilometers per hour, which led the Biden administration to approve the disaster declaration.

(With information from Europe Press and Reuters)