COOPER: Irma expected to bring rip currents to North Carolina's coast

Hurricane Irma
All public schools will be closed through Monday
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10 September, 2017

The governor says "we're continuing to take preparation for this storm seriously, and we're asking families and businesses across the state to do the same".

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper had declared a state of emergency in preparation for the approaching storm.

Cooper said during a Saturday morning press conference that all regions of the state can expect to feel the effects of Irma.

The latest update of Hurricane Irma's track shows it heading toward the southeast coast, and many cities in North Carolina could be at risk. Cooper also reiterated that despite a few isolated and intermittent shortages, there was no concern for the state's fuel supply.

Here are four things to know about Hurricane Irma.

The Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, Haiti and Cuba could all get risky weather by Friday, the center says.

Irma, the massive Category 5 hurricane, has passed to the north of Puerto Rico, and is expected to hit southern Florida by the weekend. As of Thursday, at least 13 have been killed.

North Carolina Emergency Management says we don't yet know when or where Irma will turn north. Impacts for Irma will likely diminish Tuesday morning. Most computer models show it hitting the western part of the state late Monday and into Tuesday.

Anticipating the worst, governors of Florida, Georgia and SC also declared states of emergency. Download the WFMY News 2 App now. According to NBC affiliate WXII, the organization is already calling staff members and volunteers to check their availability and examining shelters to make sure they're ready to open.

Locate and secure all important documents, AAA advises.

With Hurricane Matthew fresh in the minds of Bladen County residents, Pfaff offered some suggestions. Swift water rescue teams that were sent to Texas last week have since returned to North Carolina and are ready to assist with Irma evacuations and rescues if necessary. Director of North Carolina Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry. That's due to evacuees from states to the south in the direct path of Irma.

Stanly County's emergency officials have been steadily preparing for the worst.

Reid Hawkins is the science officer at the National Weather Service in Wilmington. "We need residents and visitors to ensure they are ready: check your emergency plans, restock your emergency kits and pay close attention in the coming days to the weather forecast".

Nick Petro with the National Weather Service in Raleigh says heavy rain and inland wind damage could result in extended power outages, with possible mudslides in the mountains.

Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast information covering Eastern NC, and visit the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov for information on the tropics.


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