RALEIGH — As Hurricane Irma tracks west, its probable path has shifted towards central Tennessee. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued and update today, cautioning residents statewide that – in spite of the latest storm data – there could be serious weather generated by the storm.
Governor Cooper said the highest concerns were flooding and mudslides in the mountain regions of western North Carolina as well as hurricane-strength winds along the South Carolina border.
Cooper added that statewide preparedness was “crucial,” and said emergency management teams were continuing to take the “large and powerful storm seriously.” The National Guard, FEMA teams and state agencies are still preparing for the storm to bring “heavy rains and winds to North Carolina starting Monday,” according to Cooper.
Cooper also echoed today’s Nation Weather Service warnings of severe rip currents and dangerous surf along the southeastern coast, including Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.
The state is still preparing for additional traffic as the result of evacuations in southern states, particularly Florida, but no excessive overflow is expected. Cooper also reiterated that despite a few isolated and intermittent shortages, there was no concern for the state’s fuel supply.
You can watch the complete briefing here: