RALEIGH — Home and business owners suffering damages from Hurricane Florence are getting a little more time to request federal government aid, The Associated Press reports.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday's previous deadline to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants or for low-interest small business loans has been extended to Wednesday, Dec. 19. Gov. Cooper says he requested the extension, which a FEMA spokeswoman also confirmed.

More than 99,000 applications have been filed seeking help after the September storm's record rains and flooding.

People can apply by calling 1-800-621-3362, going online to www.disasterassistance.gov, visiting a Disaster Recovery Center or using FEMA's mobile app. The Disaster Recovery Center located at the County Board of Elections office in Beaufort permanently closed Wednesday.

Gov. Cooper earlier this week also wrote President Donald Trump asking for federal disaster assistance in 21 counties that received damages from Hurricane Michael's remnants in October.

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