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Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency as Hurricane Ian remnants approach North Carolina

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Wednesday that the state will stay paused in Safer at Home Phase 2 for another five weeks.
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency – thru Executive order 270 - to activate the state’s emergency operations plan as the remnants of Hurricane Ian approach the state.

In advance of Hurricane Ian’s remnants moving through the state, Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency – thru Executive order 270 - to activate the state’s emergency operations plan, waive transportation rules to help the transport of fuel and critical supplies, help first responders and the agriculture industry and protect consumers from price gouging.

“A State of Emergency is needed now so that farmers and those preparing for the storm can more quickly get ready for the heavy rain that is likely to fall in much of our state,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolinians should stay aware, keep a close eye on the forecast and prepare their emergency supplies.”

North Carolinians can expect heavy rainfall and possible flooding and tornadoes on Friday and Saturday from the remnants of Hurricane Ian.

The State Emergency Response Team will activate on Thursday at the State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh and plans to move to 24-hour operations on Friday morning.

Governor Cooper also authorized the activation of about 80 members of the North Carolina National Guard to assist as needed.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.