Obama declares major disaster in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew
North Carolina emergency services evacuate residents of a neighborhood that fell victim to the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S. on October 8, 2016. Courtesy Jonathan Shaw/U.S. Army National Guard/Handout via REUTERS

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in North Carolina on Monday after Hurricane Matthew roared through the state over the weekend, the White House said.

The action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in 10 counties hit by the storm, the White House said in a statement.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)