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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Storms Ravage U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO () -- President Bill Clinton has declared a large part of California a federal disaster area as storms cut a swath of destruction through the state, killing at least nine people.

Clinton's declaration came after Governor Pete Wilson formally requested the president to make federal aid available to individuals and local governments in 39 of California's 58 counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento and Santa Barbara.