RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a state of emergency declaration in preparation for the winter storm Tuesday.
“Given the forecast and as winter weather approaches, we are working with all necessary departments and local emergency management crews in order to keep our citizens safe and up to date regarding potentially hazardous weather conditions,” said Gov. McCrory at a press conference. “This morning, I signed two executive orders declaring a state of emergency for North Carolina and waiving certain requirements for vehicles assisting in relief efforts. We are prepared for likely power outages and dangerous driving conditions throughout our state. These executive orders and our capable statewide and local officials will ensure a rapid response to any adverse conditions.”
The state of emergency declaration enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to the winter storm. It also serves as the first step in seeking federal funds to assist with the cost of providing emergency services, clearing debris and repairing damaged public infrastructure.
“Our residents, as well as our livestock industry, need heat and electricity. These declarations are one way that the state can help to ensure that goods and services are restored as soon as possible,” said Gov. McCrory.
A winter storm warning is in effect from the Triangle and Sandhills area to the coast, with some areas expected to see as much as eight to 14 inches of snow. The Triad and foothills areas are under a winter weather advisory and could see between one to three inches of snow.
Thirteen counties have already activated their local Emergency Operations Centers in preparation for the winter storm, according to the governor’s office.
Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions.
Motorists are reminded not to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions.