‘Let’s look out for each other’ Cooper says as storm approaches

Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 2:36 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 8:10 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Gov. Cooper and other top state officials provided North Carolinians with an update Thursday on the winter weather approaching.

Cooper was clear that while last weekend’s weather had its most significant impact on the central and western regions of the state, this approaching storm will have a heavier impact on Eastern North Carolina.

“It is a familiar forecast, but a different place. This time it is the people in Eastern North Carolina that will likely feel more of this storm’s brunt,” Cooper said.

Cooper told state residents that they should be prepared if their power goes out and that now is the time to get ready.

The governor added that National Guard troops will be activated to help counties with transportation and other needs. He wants people to check on their friends and neighbors to make sure they are taken care of, as some counties may see temperatures in the teens, and to do as North Carolinians always do, and “look out for each other.”

Cooper issued a state of emergency Wednesday ahead of the second winter storm to move through North Carolina in a week.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Will Ray also spoke at the press conference.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette joined Cooper and Ray at the presser and urged people to stay put once the storm hits.

“Our crews are ready for what could be a really long weekend,” Boyette said.

Boyette added that the department has been able to save salt and sand in Eastern Carolina because the storm last weekend did not hit the region as hard as other parts of the state.

Col. Freddy Johnson, Highway Patrol commander said his agency’s message remains the same: “Only those who must drive should be on the roadways in the affected areas as the storm arrives.”

Stick with WITN’s meteorologists and WITN-TV for updates on the storm.

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