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Obama Declares Emergency In Connecticut Before Hurricane

UPDATED 11 p.m. Sunday: FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — President Barack Obama approved a request to declare a pre-landfall emergency in Connecticut on Sunday night on Hurricane Sandy.

The approval will allow the state to request federal funding and other assistance in advance of Hurricane Sandy's impact on the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

"I would like to thank President Obama for understanding the necessity of declaring an emergency in our state in advance of the storm," Malloy said. "As each forecast has come in, it's become more and more clear that this storm will have a major impact on Connecticut. We cannot wait until after it hits to begin the process of seeking emergency assistance. State emergency management personnel under my direction have already been working with the FEMA team assigned to Connecticut to coordinate these efforts, understanding the urgency our residents are facing."

Original story: FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Gov. Dannel Malloy asked President Barack Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency for the state of Connecticut on Sunday afternoon.

The delclaration would allow the state to request extra money and assistance prior to Hurricane Sandy making landfall late Sunday night.

“Hurricane Sandy is a serious threat to our state and this declaration will allow us to request federal funding and other assistance in Connecticut in advance of the storm,” Malloy said.

In a news release Malloy said that during a conversation with Obama Sunday afternoon he believed that the president and other federal emergency management officials are taking Sandy very seriously.

“As the hours go by, we are more and more certain that Hurricane Sandy will have a substantial impact on our state and I do not want to wait to get this process going,” Malloy said.

A copy of Malloy’s request for a pre-landfall emergency is available here .

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