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Hurricane Irma: North Carolina activates National Guard, taps Red Cross and federal resources

Governor Roy Cooper (right) with Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry behind him. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY GOVERNOR ROY COOPER)
Governor Roy Cooper (right) with Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry behind him. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY GOVERNOR ROY COOPER)

RALEIGH — At noon today Governor Roy Cooper issued an update on preparation for Hurricane Irma.

Cooper’s update comes after the National Weather Service released its latest spaghetti model projections showing Hurricane Irma’s potential path shifting westward, over central and western North Carolina and Tennessee.

Cooper’s emergency response team announced several measures, including activating the National Guard, suspending all roadwork and lane closures, and recalling emergency workers who had traveled to Texas to assist in recovery measures in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said the state’s federal emergency management partners, would arrive in North Carolina on Sunday.

Nick Petro, with the National Weather Service, said the latest spaghetti model “forecast is becoming clearer” that North Carolina will experience a “significant Tropical Storm or Hurricane” impact. Petro said the mountainous western region of North Carolina would face serious dangers of flooding and mudslides, but also cautioned that coastal areas would face high rip-tide and storm surge risks.

Video: watch the complete update address below. (Don’t let the image of Betsy DeVos throw you, this is the correct video.)

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