Cooper declares State of Emergency following winter storm

Even though Eastern Carolina just saw lots of rain Sunday, Governor Roy Cooper issued a State of Emergency to help turn the power back on for the western and central parts of the state that were hit with snow, ice, and freezing rain.

The State of Emergency allows utility workers to restore power quicker because it limits restrictions to truck weight, size, and hours of service.

The snow and ice has caused nearly 100,000 outages from Henderson to Surry counties, according to the press release.

Nearly 1,000 workers and 600 trucks with the NC DOT are clearing snow and ice from the roads.

""Though the worst of the storm is over, conditions are still hazardous in areas that saw snow and ice," Cooper said. "Slow down if you're driving in areas where roads may be slick, and watch out for patchy black ice tomorrow morning, especially north and west of I-85."