GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for Guilford and Rockingham counties, after a tornado caused significant damage.

This allows the state to seek federal funds to help reimburse local governments for the costs of the storm. It is also a first step in requesting federal assistance to individuals and homeowners for rebuilding.

“People in Guilford and Rockingham counties were hit hard by this storm, and we know many of them will need assistance to recover,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We are working quickly to complete the damage assessment process, so help can get to those who need it.”

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Friday, assessors from FEMA will be surveying the damage to help determine the amount and type of uninsured losses and which state or federal disaster relief programs may be activated.

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