NC now in Irma's path, state of emergency declared

by Lawrence Cooper September 12, 2017, 1:17
NC now in Irma's path, state of emergency declared

The storm is still projected to push up the western coast of Florida, touching the Tampa area as a major hurricane, Category 3 or higher.

Now that North Carolina is forecast to feel the wrath of Hurricane Irma, emergency officials are scrambling to prepare for impact.

South Florida came under hurricane and storm surge watches Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported on Thursday morning. "So North Carolinians should be ready; ready for heavy rain and inland wind damage that could result in downed trees and extended power outages".

"We have a strong team here in our state, and they are ready for Irma and whatever impact it may be".

Nick Petro said Irma should arrive in the state sometime on Monday and be gone by Wednesday. "Localized flash flooding in the typical flood-prone areas - that's expected".

Non-profit disaster relief organizations like The American Red Cross are setting up now, FEMA officials will arrive Sunday and the National Guard have been activated to assist with search and rescue, sheltering, road fix, debris clearance and power generation.

"It's too soon to know how North Carolina will exactly be impacted", Cooper said, "but it is not too soon to get ready for it".

Cooper said the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is also taking steps to help with preparations.

North Carolina remains in the storm's potential track. The State of Emergency went into effect 8 a.m. Thursday.

Irma was expected to restrengthen as it heads Florida and will remain a very risky hurricane for the next two days, the center said.

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