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Governor Coopers urges preparedness now

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Published: Aug. 30, 2019 at 4:53 PM EDT
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Governor Roy Cooper addressed concerns and preparations for Hurricane Dorian.

Cooper is asking the President for a Federal Disaster Declaration in anticipation of storm damage so North Carolina can get help quickly if we need it.

Approximately 300 members of the North Carolina National Guard have been activated to help where and if needed.

Cooper says hundreds of troopers will be monitoring the roadways across the state to help evacuees get to their destination safely.

Resources have been brought to Eastern Carolina swift water teams are ready if they are needed .

Cooper urges that you make sure you prepared yourself and your families ahead of the storm, "Preparations you make now can make now can save your live later or lessen the chance that you might need rescue or shelter during a storm."

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Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency ahead of possible impact to the state from Hurricane Dorian.

The governor signed the order this afternoon.

It allows the state to suspend truck size and weight restrictions to help farmers and support relief efforts in advance of the storm.

“Some farmers have let us know that they are taking action now to harvest and transfer crops to protect them from potential damage and they need these restrictions lifted,” Cooper said.

State emergency officials continue to closely watch the path of the hurricane.

Because a state of emergency has been declared, Attorney General Josh Stein says that the state's price gouging law is also in effect.

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