North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for the entire state.
All 100 counties are under the state of emergency as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.
“There is a lot we still don’t know about this storm, but we do know that North Carolina can expect to feel some sort of effects as soon as early next week, and now is the time to get prepared,” Gov. Cooper said. “Wherever you live in North Carolina – from the mountains to the piedmont to the coast – you need to take this storm seriously, and you need to start preparing for some type of impact.”
The state of emergency went into effect at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Gov. Cooper issued it days in advance so that any resources that are needed are able to respond to the storm in time.
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“Our emergency response teams are seasoned and ready. They have been tested repeatedly over the past year and our colleagues are ready to respond as called,” Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said. “But we cannot weather this storm alone. This is a tremendous storm. We need residents and visitors to ensure they are ready: check your emergency plans, restock your emergency kits, and pay close attention in the coming days to the weather forecast.”
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