HURRICANE MICHAEL: Cooper activates National Guard, declares State of Emergency

  • HURRICANE MICHAEL: Cooper activates National Guard, declares State of Emergency

HURRICANE MICHAEL: Cooper activates National Guard, declares State of Emergency

North Carolina's governor has declared a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Michael.

Restrictions on trucks and heavy vehicles have been lifted in order to help the state prepare.

The emergency funds will be administered by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and priority funding will be given to public schools in need of immediate fix and that remain closed due to damage from the hurrican.

Cooper said tropical storm-force winds will likely arrive overnight into Thursday, and that the wind and rain could further damage tarped houses where people are working to rebuild.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for multiple counties in northeast SC and southeastern North Carolina, the Observer reported.

Part of the money would come from the state's rainy day fund, part from overages elsewhere in the budget, Cooper said.

NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry also spoke during Wednesday morning's press conference, warning against power outages, downed trees, and flooding.

The state is also prepared to open shelters if necessary.

Cooper concluded by stating that NCDOT will be ready to deal with flooded roads as conditions warrant.