State Of Emergency Declared For All Of NC

Lt. Gov. Dalton, in consultation with Gov. Perdue, declared a State of Emergency Saturday for the entire state due to the expected winter storm. Executed under the Emergency Management Act, the declaration enables the governor or lieutenant governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm.

The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is coordinating with local emergency agencies across the state.

The N.C. Department of Transportation earlier this week spread a brine solution on interstates and major US routes. Transportation crews in the western part of the state began clearing snow from the roads earlier this morning. Crews in the central and eastern parts of the state are on standby and will begin clearing roadways as needed.
Motorists are urged to remain safe distances behind snow plows and salt spreaders to give workers ample room.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol has more than 140 troopers on standby to help with weather-related calls in addition to the extra troopers that already scheduled to help the motoring public over the holiday weekend. National Guard also has placed some of its staff on standby to assist as needed.

The entire state is under a winter weather warning and much of North Carolina can expect three to six inches of snow between now and late Sunday evening. Some areas, such as the mountains and along the I-95 corridor, could see even more.

State highway patrol and emergency management officials are warning that travel could be treacherous later tonight and through much of Sunday. Falling nighttime temperatures could lead to patches of black ice again Monday and Tuesday morning.

"We know many people are traveling for the holidays and we want everyone to be extremely cautious,” said state Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell. “Anyone who is thinking of driving during the next few days, should pay careful attention to the weather and traffic forecasts before heading out.”

If you absolutely must travel, the North Carolina Highway Patrol recommends the following precautions:

Reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide.

Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.

Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge.

If you do begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car.

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  • by OpenCarry on Dec 27, 2010 at 09:46 PM
    "DBurt", I'd be interested as to where you got the copy of the current SoE declaration, since it has not been published yet on either the Governor's or the Lt. Gov's website... Please enlighten us...
  • by David Location: Hertford on Dec 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    OpenCarry is absoutely correct, NCGS 14-288.7 is in effect automatically when a State of Emergency is declared by state officials. Either Yahoo or Google the statue and read it for yourself.
  • by OpenCarry on Dec 27, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    "DBurt", you are incorrect. NCSG 14-288.7 AUTOMATICALLY kicks in ANY time a State pf Emergency is declared. Please Google the Statute and read the exact wording. The Firearms carry and transport ban is NOT dscretionary, and does not have to specifically included in the Governor's declaration. This law is AUTOMATIC...
  • by Junkman Location: Nags Head on Dec 26, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    The cops always exaggerate the situation. Yes, there's snow, but use some caution and you can drive thru almost anything. These guys are just looking for more time in the donut shops.
  • by Roy Location: Winterville on Dec 26, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    Has NC DOT heard about the snow. There has been no snow plows south of Winterville.
  • by DBurt on Dec 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    @Open Carry: I have a copy of the current State of Emergency; it specifically does not prohibit alcohol sales or consumption, nor does it trigger prohibitions on firearms. Such prohibitions are just options available to officials. The issuance of an SoE does not automatically bring such limitations into play. I do not favor restricting firearms, fyi.
  • by SNOWGIRL Location: ENC on Dec 26, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    To Snowman , you must be blind 'cause there's snow everywhere here!
  • by Nova Location: Snow Hill on Dec 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    They need to Declare a State of Emergency in Raleigh and find a fair way to fix the budget, and not to take it out on the ones that are always attacked, THE HONEST WORKING PEOPLE OF NC. Thanks for everything. The only thing the snow has ever taken from me was my power for awhile, and dish network!!!!!
  • by Martha Location: Roxobel,NC on Dec 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    Hey Diana, Gov Perdue is using the dollars that she has taken away from EDUCATION to vacation outside of North Carolina!!!! Just another way to slight our children! But I am enjoying the 11 inches of snow we have so far! Its GOD's beauty at its finest
  • by old one Location: Tyrrell County on Dec 26, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    Washington DC is suppose to really get hammered with snow up to one foot. Our President is over in Hawai screwing our troops out of what could have been a day of rest withy his visit. Wonder which they would have rather had...a relaxing day doing nothing or getting spit-shined and in formatioon so he could drop by for a phot shoot ??

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