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Governor issues state of emergency ahead of expected frigid Christmas weekend

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 Governor Roy Cooper has issued a State of Emergency connected to extremely cold temperatures that are expected this weekend.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a State of Emergency connected to extremely cold temperatures that are expected this weekend.

The order activates the state’s emergency operations plan, waives transportation regulations to help ease the transport of fuel and critical supplies, and help first responders. The plan also helps protect people from price gouging.

The governor’s office said the biggest impacts will be felt in western North Carolina but said Eastern Carolina will get its share of winter weather.

Portions of eastern NC could see heavy rain, isolated severe storms, rough surf, minor beach erosion, and minor coastal flooding on Thursday. Behind the front, minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible along the sound side of the Outer Banks.