Pres. Trump declares state of emergency in Alabama after Hurricane Michael

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UPDATED 3:15 PM PT – Sat. Oct. 13, 2018

President Trump declares a state of emergency in Alabama, due to the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

The announcement was made Saturday, and authorizes FEMA and the DHS to provide assistance to areas affected by the storm.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey responded to the news, expressing his gratitude to the president.

President Donald Trump pauses during his meeting to discuss potential damage from Hurricane Michael, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

He said the declaration will be a huge benefit to the smaller communities, which were damaged during the hurricane.

Alabama FEMA Director Brian Hastings, says working with federal agencies, will be an important part of helping Alabamans move back to a sense of normalcy.

The death toll from Michael has climbed to at least 17 people and is expected to rise, as search and rescue efforts continue.

On Friday, Florida officials confirmed the storm claimed the lives of three more people in Jackson county.

So far, a total of eight have died in Florida, five in Virginia, three in North Carolina, and one in Georgia.

Homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael are shown in this aerial photo Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Fla. The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews began making their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

At least one of those deaths are said to be caused by debris, flooding, or a storm-related crash.

Officials said, thousands of people are being reported missing to local authorities.

This comes as more than one million people remain without electricity in seven states.