Obama declares state of emergency in Georgia

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 07 2016 11:53 AM

US President Barack Obama talks to the media about Hurricane Matthew at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, US, October 5, 2016. The president's previously scheduled travel to Tampa and Miami has been postponed due to Florida's state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Matthew's arrival. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Georgia on Thursday, adding it to the states of Florida and South Carolina as being eligible for federal hurricane relief. 

He ordered federal aid to supplement state and local efforts, authorizing the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief as Hurricane Matthew bore down on the US coast.