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Governor Roy Cooper issues State of Emergency for Eastern North Carolina

A snow storm that forecasters are calling “treacherous” bearing down on North Carolina, prompted Governor Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency Wednesday.

Cooper said, the alert will apply to impacted parts of the state enabling necessary resources to be deployed in those areas. Eastern and Northern counties could see more than 8 inches of snow. All of Eastern North Carolina are expected to get some amount of snow. The combination of many wintry weather conditions could make power outages possible and driving treacherous.

Cooper is asking people to stay off roads Wednesday night and Thursday. Forecasters are saying that the storm is moving quickly and should be gone by Thursday evening.  “The bad news is that we will have unusually cold temperatures sticking around for several days, and those frigid temperatures can be dangerous – particularly for people who may lose power during the storm,” Cooper said.

Part of Cooper’s declaration will trigger state law against charging excessive prices during an emergency. To ease the transportation of supplies and equipment, the governor also issued an executive order waiving restrictions on truck weights, size and hours of service.

How to prepare for winter storms

With forecasts calling for wintry weather for the East Coast & parts of the South, take some time now to put blankets, a shovel, & road salt/sand in your car. It’s best to stay off the roads but if you must drive, let someone know your route & when you arrive.

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