Obama declares federal state of emergency in South Carolina

Grocery store workers install metal shutters over the windows of a supermarket shortly after closing the store ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct 6, 2016.
Grocery store workers install metal shutters over the windows of a supermarket shortly after closing the store ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
A Charleston resident walks past sandbags as she leaves a store that is boarded up in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct 6, 2016.
A Charleston resident walks past sandbags as she leaves a store that is boarded up in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Residents of Charleston occupy a school hallway at a shelter ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct 6, 2016.
Residents of Charleston occupy a school hallway at a shelter ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON(AFP) - President Barack Obama on Friday declared a federal state of emergency in South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew was due to make landfall in the United States.

He ordered federal aid to supplement state and local efforts, authorizing the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema), to coordinate disaster relief efforts.