Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

NC governor declares state of emergency due to Irma

NC governor declares state of emergency due to Irma

"Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through".

Local emergency agencies have been taking precaution for Irma as early as last Tuesday. "As always with any high impact weather event, our first priority is to protect life and ensure the safety of emergency personnel".

As of Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 storm located approximately 140 miles east of San Juan.

He said there have been unsafe rip currents on the N.C. coast.

Storm damage left by Hurricane Irma in St Martin, in the Caribbean.

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Metro Manila, the rest of Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa will experience light to moderate with occasionally heavy rains. The number coding scheme for vehicles has been suspended in Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.

With both North and SC issuing state of emergencies, AAA Carolinas is monitoring Irma to keep travelers informed.

That much water could produce unsafe flash flooding in the mountains, and the N.C. National Guard staged about 315 soldiers and airmen in Charlotte, Greensboro and Asheville on Sunday in case they're needed in the coming days to help with debris removal, shelter operations and delivering and distributing supplies, according to Gov. Roy Cooper's office. It affected all 35 counties in the utility's territory which is most of the state's Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast south of Tampa.

In South Carolina, Gov.

"Most of the people who stop by are using the shelters to rest and recharge and refuel for the next leg of their journey, including getting some much needed sleep", Cooper said. Also, there will be a Community Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10 AM to get hands-on help with how to prepare for this or any emergency, plus a kids' fair if you have children who need to be entertained while you are there.

Know your evacuation routes and prepare options for overnight lodging and be sure you have alternate routes in case of flooding or other issues.

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Wind gusts could blow up to 35-45 miles per hour through Monday afternoon, although 45+mph wind gusts will not be widespread. But other areas in southeast Georgia and SC could see sustained tropical storm-force winds, the Weather Service said.

Ahead of Irma's arrival in the Sunshine State, the last flights departed Friday night from Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The center of the storm is expected to move near Florida's northwestern coast and cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, it rounded Florida's southwestern corner and hugged the coast closely as it pushed toward Naples, Sanibel, Fort Myers and, beyond that, Sarasota.

Irma will likely hit Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm on Sunday, with storm surges and flooding beginning within the next 48 hours, according to the NHC.

Many of these soldiers have responded to natural disasters before and said those experiences often stay with them forever.

As of the 11 a.m., advisory, Irma was still an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. "Just because that it might be at tropical-storm strength doesn't mean this storm isn't going to be very risky".

With millions evacuating northward from Florida and Irma's path adding another challenge, officials didn't have a flawless answer for evacuees. We are forecasting more sun than clouds with highs in the mid 80s both Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the lower 60s.

There are now officially 3 hurricanes churning in Atlantic
This same phenomenon happened as recently as previous year when Tropical Storms Ian, Julia and Karl all occupied the Atlantic . It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is about 1505 miles (2420 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.

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