- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Hurricane Matthew victims in North Carolina have more time to apply for federal disaster assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a news release that it has approved a 31-day extension for applications. Residents now have until Jan. 9, 2017, to register with FEMA.

The extension also applies to homeowners, renters and businesses submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The state had requested more time for registration because a number of counties were added for individual assistance several weeks after the original Oct. 10 presidential disaster declaration.

Registration is open in 45 counties.

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