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US President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for the state of Florida Saturday due to Tropical Storm Ian, the White House said in a statement, NBC Miami reported.

The declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts resulting from Ian.

Ian is expected to become a major Category 4 hurricane as it moves on a path to the Florida peninsula next week, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Under the order, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. 

Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

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