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Gov. Cooper Encourages North Carolinians to be Storm Ready as State Officials Keep a Close Eye on Irma

State Emergency Management studying forecast, coordinating with local officials
While it’s too early to tell what impacts Hurricane Irma may have on North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging North Carolina residents and visitors to update their emergency plans and kits and stay tuned to local media. The Category 5 hurricane is 270 miles east of Antigua; the current track places the storm in the Florida Keys early Sunday.
“You can never be too prepared for an emergency,” Governor Cooper said. “We know from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Harvey that storm tracks can shift quickly and that’s why North Carolina isn’t waiting to get ready. These tropical systems can pack a powerful punch and those who are prepared ahead of time will fare better.”

State officials are monitoring Irma and studying forecast tracks closely. Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said state emergency management officials are coordinating with local officials and state partners to ensure they have what they need and that their teams and supplies are ready should the storm impact North Carolina.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is also getting ready for possible Irma-related repairs. NCDOT crews from the mountains to the coast are proactively checking supplies and equipment to make sure everything is stocked and in good working order. This includes ensuring that they have their inventory of drainage pipes in place or on order ahead of the storm.

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