Gov. Cooper announces preparations for expected Hurricane Irma impacts

Isaac Cain
September 11, 2017

North Carolina Emergency Management is working with the American Red Cross and county emergency managers to ensure that evacuees have safe shelter from the storm, which is causing significant damage in Florida and bringing many evacuees to North Carolina, where hotel rooms are hard to find.

"They were rescuing lives from Lumberton all the way up to the Virginia line and everywhere in between", Thomas said.

Emergency Management officials want North Carolina residents to be prepared, and you can go to ncdot.org for resources on how you can stay safe.

Although the Category 5 storm's exact path isn't yet known, the latest update shows it making landfall in southern Florida around Sunday morning and working its way up the eastern coast toward Georgia and SC. A late disappearance would mean the storm would travel up the state of Florida and possibly impact the mountains of North Carolina.

Sprayberry announced that 310 North Carolina National Guard soldiers have been activated to help with a wide range of responses, adding that more could be activated if the storm impacts are more severe than expected.

Even the Piedmont could feel the impact of the strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

A car sits in a flooded parking lot outside the Germain Arena in Estero Florida
A car sits in a flooded parking lot outside the Germain Arena in Estero Florida

The declaration waives truck weight, size and hours of service restrictions so that vehicles carrying essential supplies such as food, medicine, fuel or transporting livestock or crops can get their jobs done quickly. "But we can not weather this storm alone".

"Gov. Cooper issued a state of emergency for Hatteras Island during the power outage, which then allowed us to issue our order to turn off air conditioners and hot water heaters along with the evacuation order", Hester said.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated and operations will continue as long as needed.

You can follow North Carolina Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.

Some grocery stores locally acted on their own assumption that an alcohol-sales ban was in effect Thursday morning, but by midday had learned they were incorrect.

Local emergency officials echoed that sentiment.

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