Governor Roy Cooper has just called for A State of Emergency for North Carolina ahead of this weekend’s major winter storm.
Yesterday, he called the following press conference and said the following;
“This storm comes at a time of year when North Carolinians are hearing Christmas carols about snow and not actually seeing it,” Cooper said. “But this time, the real thing is headed our way – The winter storm is not a Christmas carol snow, it’s serious.”
According to state officials, the Charlotte region can now expect to see between 6-12 inches of snow/sleet accumulation over the next few days;
NC is preparing for a significant winter storm. @NC_Governor is declaring statewide state of emergency later today and has enlisted National Guard. @DukeEnergy is also prepared & bolstering resources with an additional 1,500 crews to assist with response efforts. pic.twitter.com/nZExr1rcmL
— Meredith Archie (@DE_MeredithA) December 7, 2018
In preparation of the storm, the NCDOT has prepared 3,000 staff, 2,400 snow plow trucks, and over 135,000 tons of salt to deploy across our state once the snow starts falling.
North Carolina Emergency Management officials are now urging all residents to:
- Keep enough non-perishable food in your home for 3 days.
- Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.
- Dress warmly. Wear multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing.
- Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never burn charcoal or operate grills indoors.
- Monitor changing forecasts and weather conditions closely.
- Keep an vehicle emergency kit, blankets, and sand/salt in your car.
- Top off all your vehicle’s fluids, especially your oil, power steering fluid, and antifreeze.
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