The most powerful hurricane ever recorded hit Florida with a sustained wind of 165 mph and a top speed of nearly 300 mph on Wednesday, causing devastating destruction and flooding across the state.
Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the state and ordered the evacuation of more than 50,000 residents.
The governor also declared a three-day national disaster.
Scott also ordered that all federal, state and local governments suspend federal aid to any state and county that has experienced a Category 4 or 5 hurricane, which means it’s capable of intensifying to a Category 5 storm.
Scott’s declaration also allowed the state to request federal funding to rebuild.
While Florida is not the only state facing such a crisis, it is the only one that has received federal assistance in the past week.
Florida is home to more than 6 million people and was already under a mandatory evacuation order when the Category 4 storm hit, according to the National Weather Service.
Irma’s strength and strength of the storm prompted many states to ask the federal government for additional resources.
But in the face of a surge in hurricanes, many states have been reluctant to provide the resources necessary to help rebuild after devastating storms, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast.
This week, Florida will receive $15 million from FEMA to help with hurricane-related reconstruction, according a FEMA release.
More than $6 billion in federal disaster relief funds have been provided since the onset of Hurricane Maria, with more than $2.2 billion of that amount going to states, cities and towns.