NC Governor Roy Cooper declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian, and puts price gouging law in effect


Hurricane Dorian is now forecast to be a Category 4 storm — with sustained winds of around 130 mph — when it makes its expected landfall in the US on Monday, likely somewhere along Florida’s Atlantic coast, the National Hurricane Center says.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency because of the possible impacts from Hurricane Dorian on transportation rules, according to a news release.

The declaration was put in place to suspend specific motor vehicle regulations and to help support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts for farmers.

“Due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian, the Governor has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina,” the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a tweet. “This includes the suspension of certain weighing requirements for livestock trucks and maximum hours for truck drivers.”

Dorian is expected to hit the southeast U.S. over the weekend and into the week.

A price-gouging law designed to protect people from scammers is also now in effect which says: “It is illegal to charge excessive prices during a state of emergency,” Attorney General Josh Stein said.

The state of emergency declaration and price gouging law are directly related.

“Hurricane Dorian tracking toward the coast of Florida is a timely reminder to get your emergency plans and supplies ready,” Governor Cooper said. “North Carolinians should make sure they are ready for this storm and for all types of emergencies and disasters.”

To read the entire State of North Carolina release, click here. 

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