President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for New Jersey.

President Obama delivers his weekly address (YouTube)

The declaration will allow the state to request federal funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of the massive storm, which is expected to make landfall in New Jersey Monday night.

The storm is expected to strike southern New Jersey, but its effects will be felt 500 miles away.

Thousands of New Jerseyans are evacuating as the storm bears down on them.

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