Governor Bev Perdue (D-North Carolina) is urging everyone in the state to prepare for the worst as Hurricane Irene approaches.
In her first official briefing on the hurricane she says we're all hoping for the best but need to be ready, especially here in the east where she encourages all of us to take this storm seriously.
She says residents need to get a plan together Wednesday to care for our elderly family members, young children, and pets. Because the brunt of the storm will likely hit on the weekend when many banks are closed, we should have cash on hand. The governor encourages car owners to have their vehicles full of fuel. As a rule of thumb, Perdue says food and water supplies should be enough to last at least three days.
Perdue says FEMA arrives in the state Wednesday. Evacuations are already underway on Ocracoke Island, for visitors Wednesday and residents Thursday. Currituck and Dare Counties will begin discussing evacuations Wednesday and will likely have a final decision made Thursday.
On Tuesday, Perdue briefed the state following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia, felt here in North Carolina. She says the state will inspect all state buildings Wednesday for potential quake damage, in preparation for Hurricane Irene.