Gov. Cooper declares State of Emergency in wake of NC winter storm

Gov. Cooper declares State of Emergency in wake of NC winter storm

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) - North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency Sunday afternoon after nearly 100,000 were still without power following a winter storm that hit parts of the state.

A mix of precipitation ranging from a few inches of snow or rain to a quarter inch pf ice from freezing rain has fallen across western and central parts of the state this weekend.

In a news release, Cooper said nearly 1,000 N.C. Department of Transportation workers are clearing snow and ice in the western part of the state and the Greensboro area.

Efforts are also concentrated in counties along the Virginia border and in the northern coastal area, Cooper said.

The news release also said more than 600 NCDOT trucks and graders are working on the roads, as well as over 400 contractor vehicles.

Cooper said the State of Emergency declaration would “facilitate movement of any resources needed to respond to the storm and ordered that truck weight, size and hours of service restrictions be waived. This allows vehicles carrying essential supplies and equipment and utility trucks working to restore power to get where they are needed quickly.”

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