U.S. President Barack Obama declared a "major disaster" in New York and New Jersey Tuesday as the area begins to assess the damage left by hurricane Sandy, the White House said.
The move makes federal government funds available for businesses and residents in New York City, Atlantic City in New Jersey, where the storm came ashore late Monday, and surrounding areas to help with repairs, property losses and other issues.
Obama had already issued emergency declarations for other states in the path of the storm, including West Virginia, where up to a metre of snow had fallen as a result of the storm.
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