DURHAM, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a State of Emergency declaration and waived weight and services restrictions on truck drivers to expedite response to the winter storm, according to WTVD.
“While we have become very experienced in winter storm response during the past two months, each storm is different and can require different resources,” McCrory said. “Today we’re seeing more power outages than we had during any of the previous storms this year, and we need to do all that we can as quickly as we can to help those in need.”
The icy conditions, along with extensive rain and wind, are being blamed for thousands of power outages.
Over 400,000 North Carolina residents are without power as of 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
Guilford County has also declared a State of Emergency due to the impact of the winter storm.
“I have determined that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities will be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property,” Guilford County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Hank Henning said in the declaration.
The declaration includes all of the municipalities and townships within the county.
By declaring a State of Emergency, agencies identified within the Guilford County Emergency Operations Plan and other community resources are charged with coordinating the overall response to the incident.
Currently, over 175,000 customers are without power in Guilford County.
Duke Energy is reporting 145,000 outages and High Point Electric Utilities is reporting 32,000 outages.
Duke Energy and the City of High Point Electric Utilities are working to restore service as soon as possible to all customers.
A warming center has been opened at 2010 Coliseum Blvd. at the Glenwood Recreation Center for residents to get out of the cold if necessary.
Residents are asked to shelter in place at their residences Friday and stay off the roads as much as possible to allow emergency services and public utility crews the ability to work.