Governor Pat McCrory advises North Carolinians to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

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Governor Pat McCrory today declared a state of emergency ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo courtesy of the governor’s office.)

Governor Pat McCrory today declared a state of emergency in 66 counties across North Carolina. This came as the North Carolina Emergency Management Agency prepares for the likely arrival of Hurricane Matthew sometime on Friday.

Among the effects of McCrory’s declaration is the permission for farm vehicles to travel on state roads so that crops may be harvested as quickly as possible and before the storm’s arrival. McCrory advised all North Carolinians to prepare for the storm, which had been elevated back to a Category 4 storm by Monday afternoon after fluctuating between Category 3 and 4 over the weekend.

(Watch the governor’s press conference.)

McCrory expressed concern about coastal flooding, especially due to the already problematic flooding in recent weeks due to the saturated ground.

FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — is already set to deploy in the state, according to McCrory.

Pre-storm preparations

Under the protocols on FEMA’s website, North Carolinians are being advised to plan for a place to go in case of evacuation, as well as knowing your evacuation routes. If you must evacuate, have copies of important papers ready to take with you.

If there is no evacuation, people are advised to prepare for days without power or the ability to access blocked or flooded roads by having water, food, batteries and flashlights, first aid supplies and cash, in case banks and ATMs cannot be accessed.

Outside the home

Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before heavy winds arrive trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.

Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property. Reinforce roofing windows and doors, including garage doors.

If you purchase or currently own a generator, make sure it is installed and used according to guidelines. Never run a generator close to a building, because it could cause dangerous carbon monoxide build-ups inside. FEMA advises a 20-foot minimum distance between a building and a generator.

Staying connected

Keep your guests in the know:  We will post a running list of postponements and cancellations beginning Wednesday afternoon. Send your information to closings@portcitydaily.com.

Many emergency management agencies are on social media and update warnings and advisories online. On social media, the hashtags being used by state and local emergency management agencies are: “#ncwx, #ReadyNC, #Matthew,” and, in Wilmington, “#ILMwx.”

 

As of Monday morning, Matthew was expected to hit the east coast near North and South Carolina Friday afternoon. Though it is still too early to determine the exact path and strength the storm will take, at the very least, the area should expect heavy rains and rough surf.

Locally, the schedule is already changing for some school sports, with more schedule changes expected as the week unfolds. Currently, the South Brunswick vs. North Brunswick game has been moved to Thursday night at 7 p.m., from its Friday spot.

 

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