Gov. McCrory issues ‘State of Emergency’ ahead of storm

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory has issued a State of Emergency ahead of a winter storm expected to impact most of the state on Wednesday and Thursday.

During a news conference, Gov. McCrory joined public safety and transportation officials Tuesday to urge North Carolinians to prepare for more winter storms.

Prior to the press conference, McCrory signed a State of Emergency declaration enabling him to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm.

WGHP_Mobile-App_Winter-Weather_300x250_11Feb14It also is the first step in seeking federal funds to help defray the cost of providing emergency services, clearing debris and repairing any damaged public infrastructure.

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The declaration is executed under the Emergency Management Act.
Also included in the executive order was a waiver on restrictions on weight and the hours of service for fuel, utility and other truck drivers that may be working to deliver supplies, restore services or clear debris in response to the winter storm.

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The waiver is in effect for 30 days.

“While North Carolina is well-versed in winter storm response, it is unusual to have three storms come so close together that have significant impacts on large portions of the state,” Governor McCrory said.

McCrory said state agencies have been working with local emergency management officials. Storm preparations include transportation crews treating the roads with salt and brine, and state highway patrol troopers and N.C. National Guard soldiers are on standby.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also declared a state of emergency ahead of Wednesday’s storm.


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