Governor Cooper declares State of Emergency ahead of Tuesday’s storms

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a statewide State of Emergency Monday night in anticipation of potential severe weather that is forecast to hit the state on Tuesday.

The Order waives truck weight, size, and hours of service restrictions so that vehicles carrying essential supplies such as food, medicine or fuel or transporting livestock and crops can get their jobs done quickly.

“This storm system has the potential to bring high winds and other dangerous storm conditions to North Carolina, and people should be aware and take precautions,” Governor Cooper said. “Be sure your emergency kits are up to date and pay attention to the weather in your area, especially any weather alerts such as flash flood warnings.”

The governor and other officials are urging people to expect flooding and power outages as a strong weather system will impact the state over the next 24 hours. The storm system is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds with the potential for tornados.

“North Carolina Emergency Management is in communication with our local partners, and we have increased the readiness level of the State Emergency Response Team to provide support if events exceed local capabilities,” said Will Ray, North Carolina Emergency Management Director. “We are also working with our utility and infrastructure partners to address any needs they may have as the situation develops.”

According to officials, the severe weather threat has increased with numerous severe storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts and tornadoes possible Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night, especially in the eastern half of the state.

A Wind Advisory is also in effect for much of the state Monday night through Tuesday night where wind gusts of 40-55 mph will be possible. A High Wind Watch or Warning is in effect from Monday night through Tuesday night for areas along the Tennessee border, higher elevations across the mountains, and coastal areas where there could be wind gusts up to 75 mph.

State officials are urging people to use the following tips to make sure their family is personally prepared:

  • Have multiple ways to receive emergency info, including watches and warnings. Make sure emergency alerts are enabled on your cell phone and download a weather app.
  • Have an emergency plan. Know where you would go if you need to evacuate. Make a plan to stay with family, and friends or at a hotel. Public shelters should be a last resort.
  • Gather some emergency supplies or refresh your emergency kit. Visit ReadyNC.gov for info on how to build an emergency kit.
  • Never drive through flooded roadways or around barricades.
  • Make sure you know where to seek shelter if a tornado warning is issued for your area.
  • Ensure that you have multiple ways to receive warnings, especially with the potential for severe storms to be moving through during nighttime hours.
  • Check to see if your community offers emergency alert services for its residents.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.

Read the State of Emergency.

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