Hurricane Irma’s projected path appears to be more favorable for North Carolinians, as the storm is expected to push west of the state, though Gov. Roy Cooper is still urging citizens to be prepared for dangerous weather across the state Monday and Tuesday.
Cooper said that citizens should still be gathering emergency preparations in case the storm shifts again and heads for the state.
The most recent predictions have the storm entering Florida and heading north through Georgia on Tuesday and into Tennessee by Wednesday.
“Things are looking better for North Carolina with Hurricane Irma, but our state is not yet in the clear and we can’t let our guard down,” Cooper said. “We’re continuing to get ready, and I encourage families and businesses across our state to do the same.”
Cooper said that even a glancing blow to the state from Irma could cause damage in the state and even the fringe of the storm could cause heavy rain, flash flooding and wind damage in the state resulting in downed trees and scattered power outages across the state Monday and Tuesday.
Cooper also warned of possible landslides in the mountains and strong rip currents in coastal areas.
Governor Cooper said the State of Emergency issued Thursday would remain in effect until the threat has passed.
The State Emergency Operations Center will remain active through the storm and North Carolina National Guard troops and state troopers will also remain on standby.
Unattended vehicles to be towed
State transportation officials announced that vehicles left unattended along interstates I-26, I-77, I-85 and I-95 in North Carolina will be towed to help keep traffic moving, due to increased traffic volume as residents from other states evacuate.
Cooper also said additional Incident Management Assistance Teams will be positioned along those interstates that are more congested while North Carolina transportation officials are working with their counterparts in Georgia and South Carolina to coordinate evacuation traffic.