(WJZY) - UPDATE: 9/2/16: Governor McCrory and emergency officials provided an update on what North Carolina can expect from Tropical Storm Hermine. He said there will be lots of rain, possible flooding, strong winds and power outages.
“The safety of our residents and visitors remains our top priority going into this holiday weekend,” said Governor McCrory. “We urge everyone to be prepared, especially for potentially dangerous flooding.”
The state said Hermine is expected to bring up to 6 to 8 inches of rain to some parts of North Carolina. The storm surge is expected to be 1-2 feet. A flash flood watch or flood watch is now in effect for much of central and eastern North Carolina, and the high rainfall totals could lead to localized flooding, particularly in flood-prone and urban areas as well as along creeks and small streams.
The latest forecast calls for periods of heavy rainfall, especially starting late Friday afternoon through early Saturday. The heaviest rain is expected along and east of the US-1 Corridor, according to the state.
The state said the greatest impacts are expected to be felt in the eastern part of the state where there may be flooding in low-lying areas and gusty winds, which could lead to downed trees and power outages. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph are likely this afternoon, especially along the I-95 Corridor. There also could be some coastal flooding, with minor ocean overwash and erosion along the beaches. The river flood threats will continue well over the weekend as excess water collects around the state’s river basins, according to the state.
Governor McCrory has issued a State of Emergency Declaration for 33 eastern counties to facilitate the movement of any resources that may be needed to respond to and recover from the storm. He also issued an executive order that waives certain truck restrictions on weight and hours of service in order to facilitate quicker storm response. Mandatory evacuation of visitors from Ocracoke Island went into effect last night and more than 2,000 visitors have left the island already.
Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry said North Carolina National Guard soldiers, Highway Patrol troopers and Department of Transportation crews have been mobilized across the state and are ready to respond where needed.
“We want to remind everyone to not be complacent even after the storm passes because more deaths occur due to flooding than to any other severe weather hazard,” cautioned Secretary Perry. “Please remember to 'Turn around, don’t drown.'”
Governor McCrory was at the Emergency Operations Center Thursday for a briefing to discuss storm preparations and any equipment or staffing support needs for counties as Hurricane Hermine approaches North Carolina.
The governor is urging North Carolina residents and visitors to be prepared for heavy rains, possible flooding and gusty winds due to the storm set to pass through parts of the state Friday night and early Saturday.
“We are working together across multiple agencies throughout North Carolina to make sure we are over prepared and underwhelmed for this storm because we want people to safely enjoy their Labor Day vacation in North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said i a written statement, released on Thursday. “Safety always remains our top priority.”
The latest forecast calls for heavy rainfall across central and eastern North Carolina with potential for flash flooding and gusty winds, as well as isolated tornadoes. During the next three days, the Sandhills, Triangle and Rocky Mount areas could see 1-3 inches of rain, while the I-95 corridor may get 4 to 6 inches and coastal plain counties could see 4 to 8 inches of precipitation.
The greatest impacts are expected to be felt in the eastern part of the state where there may be flooding in low-lying areas and gusty winds could lead to downed trees and power outages.
There also could be some coastal flooding, with minor ocean overwash and erosion along the beaches.
Governor McCrory has issued a State of Emergency Declaration for the 33 eastern counties to facilitate the movement of any resources that may be needed to respond to and recover from the storm. He also issued an executive order that waives certain truck restrictions on weight and hours of service in order to facilitate quicker storm response.
For the latest information on the oncoming weather, stay tuned to local media and listen for updates from the National Weather Service.