A winter weather advisory has been issued for all of eastern Carolina except Carteret, Onslow, and Duplin counties through 4am Friday. Light freezing rain and sleet will be possible.
NC Governor Pat McCrory says, “Weather conditions will only get worse overnight across our state and I want to re-emphasize that people should stay off the roads.”
McCrory says, “ “We are under a state of emergency. However, essential government operations never shut down. Therefore, I’m encouraging state employees to work from home if they can. For state workers not involved with public health, safety and emergency operations, our adverse weather policy is in effect. With the potential of power outages, and hazardous driving conditions, we are advising employees to remain safe at home and off the roads.”
Between midnight to 3:30 p.m. today, Highway Patrol troopers responded to 1,360 calls for service across the state. Troopers typically respond to approximately 800 calls daily.
By 3:30 pm, the utilities reported about 101,600 power outages statewide, mostly in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties. More power outages are expected over the next few days as conditions continue to deteriorate.
The North Carolina National Guard now has about 170 guardsmen with Humvees co-located with local emergency managers to help rescue crews responding to calls. A number of these have been paired with troopers to respond to accident and stranded motorists.
Ten shelters are open in nine counties, with others prepared to open as needed. So far, shelters have opened in Cumberland, Haywood, Iredell, Johnson (two shelters open), Mecklenburg, Moore, Polk, Richmond and Scotland counties.
Local Emergency Operations Centers are open in 37 counties to respond to storm requests for additional supplies and resources.