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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency in advance of a winter storm that will enter the state this afternoon and is expected to hit the state with snow, sleet and freezing rain. The emergency operations center opened at noon.

Monday morning, Gov. McCrory signed two executive orders to expedite storm response. The State of Emergency declaration enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm and is the first step in seeking federal funds to help defray eligible storm-related costs. The executive order waives 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 storm debris.

There are three main concerns with this storm, state officials said:

          • Power outages
          • Hazardous travel
          • Extreme cold

Just quarter-inch of ice can create power outage issues. Chainsaw crews are ready to address any downed trees.

Approximately 1,300 workers are ready to go across the state with nearly 500 trucks distributing more than 1.3 million gallons of salt brine across the state’s roadways.

“We are working with all necessary departments and local emergency management crews to keep residents safe and informed regarding potentially hazardous weather conditions,” Gov. McCrory said. “We’re asking that each resident and family do the same by paying attention to the weather forecast and following instructions from local officials.”

The Highway Patrol will be checking all cars on the side of the road for people who are trapped. Check on your neighbors, officials said, and bring pets indoors.

Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions.

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