Perdue: State of Emergency For Eastern Carolina

Governor Beverly Perdue has declared a State of Emergency for Eastern Carolina.

The area is for all counties east of Interstate 95.

Perdue has also asked President Barack Obama to declare a pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide federal assistance for response efforts.

“Hurricane Irene poses a significant threat to our state,” Perdue said, “and we need to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors, along with property and infrastructure along our coast.”


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Democratic Governor Bev Perdue says the National Guard is in the staging areas to respond to Hurricane Irene.

Perdue sad Thursday morning, the track shifting further west is a great concern.

"Irene is a big storm. She is packing a strong wind," Perdue said. "We know there will be strong surges, regardless of how close she comes to our coast."

Perdue said people all over Eastern Carolina should take the storm seriously and begin to implement their plans to prepare for Hurricane Irene.

She also spoke specifically about Orcacoke Island, and the response of the people there to the mandatory evacuation. "I was dismayed to see many ferries from Ocracoke were nearly empty," Perdue said.

"Let me repeat: every citizen in this state in harm's way needs to prepare for the worst and pray for the best," Perdue said.

Perdue says the state's emergency operations center is running 24 hours until the storm leaves North Carolina.


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  • by Laura Location: Pine Knoll Shores on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Hey, did anyone notice that we are talking about a major hurricane? I don't think this is the time to start talking politics. I'm just saying....
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      by Pitt County on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:08 PM in reply to Laura
      I agree Laura,and all the folks on here appear to be worried about is alcohol sales! This is unbelievable! Yes,prohibit ALL sales and do the right thing to protect yourself and your family.
  • by Dawg on Aug 25, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    Time to run back to China to get another boat load of money.
  • by Reporting? on Aug 25, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    OK, so what exactly does that mean? WITN? "Declared a state of emergency." OK - sooooooooo? Is it like when the president declares a certain day national blah blah day or what?
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Aug 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    Woo woo Bev, way to go, now when can I expect my check?
  • by clint on Aug 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    Taking bets on how this storm will get spinned. If there is an increase in unemployment it will be blamed. Couldn't possibly be Obama you know. If not it'll be a job creator. Kind of like food stamps. Place your bets folks. Obama "One and Done" Count on it!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    So does that mean alcohol sales are cut off?
  • by Anon Location: Washington on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    Does this mean liquor and beer sales will be prohibited? Now I am worried........
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      by Skip on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM in reply to Anon
      Better get it quick. I'm buying 2 cases of wine, 5 cases of beer, and 3 half gallons of rum. You can bet I ain't running out before it's all over......Kawasaki let the good times roll!!!
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      by john on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM in reply to Anon
      MAY § 18B 110. Emergency. When the Governor finds that a "state of emergency," as defined in G.S. 14 288.1, exists anywhere in this State, he may (1) Order the closing of all ABC stores, and (2) Order the cessation of all sales, transportation, manufacture, and bottling of alcoholic beverages. The Governor's order shall apply in those portions of the State designated in the order, for the duration of the state of emergency. Any order by the Governor under this section shall be directed to the Chairman of the Commission and to the Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety. (1969, c. 869, ss. 4, 5; 1971, c. 872, s. 1; 1977, c. 70, s. 21; 1977, 2nd Sess., c. 1138, s. 16; 1981, c. 412, s. 2.)
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        by ME on Aug 25, 2011 at 01:04 PM in reply to john
        how do you know this i think it would be great
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      by rogelio on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to Anon
      No the SOE Exectutive order No. 103 states in section 7 " it does not trigger the limitation on weapons or impose any limitations on the sale, transport or purchace of alcoholic beverages.
  • by Resident Location: Crystal Coast on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    Say what you will about Political Parties, at least our Governor knows to think ahead and prepare for worst case scenario... unlike some other States... cities, unnamed. A-hem A-hem
  • by OBXFAN Location: Williamston on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    What no more beer sales?
  • by I Fought the Law on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    That's right Bev....go ask Daddy to turn on the money machine "just in case". And I'm sure he'll grant you your wish too....shouldn't expect anything less from either of you.
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