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McCrory: Brunswick County, Surf City currently under voluntary evacuation

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NORTH CAROLINA (WBTV) -

Gov. Pat McCrory provided updates throughout the day Thursday on preparations for Hurricane Matthew.

Brunswick County and Surf City are currently under a voluntary evacuation. "It will be up to each county to determine their evacuation schedule," McCrory said. 

Obama and McCrory have talked, and McCrory said there has been good cooperation between local, state, federal organizations. "Our guard is still up," McCrory said. 

In McCrory's earlier press conference in Raleigh, he asked residents to continue to be prepared as Matthew heads toward the U.S. "Don't be fooled by the eye of the storm," McCrory said. He said North Carolina will be impacted by the outer lines of the cone of Matthew.

“I am cautiously optimistic about Hurricane Matthew’s projected impacts on North Carolina compared to where we were a few days ago,” said Governor McCrory. “But there remains much uncertainty about the long-term storm track. Even if Matthew doesn’t make landfall in our state, this is a very large and powerful storm and we expect its impacts to be felt far away from the eye.” 

Thursday and Friday morning, the now Category 4 hurricane will be pushing hurricane conditions into and along the Florida east coast with a possible landfall around Cape Canaveral. 

After it brushes by this point, it will likely curve back over the Atlantic and roll northeastward just off the east coast reaching a point east of Charleston by midday Saturday. 

The National Hurricane Center is still banking on the hurricane peeling off to the east after reaching this juncture. Should that happen, the NC coastal sections will catch a big break, especially from the threat of damaging winds. Rainfall is a different matter as it can overspread regions far ahead of hurricane storm centers.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” McCrory said. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for all North Carolinians and visitors to be sure they are prepared and continue to monitor this storm. Review your emergency plans with your family and update or restock supplies in your emergency kits”

While no counties have yet to issue mandatory evacuations for residents, Ocracoke Island has issued a mandatory evacuation for visitors. Governor McCrory is urging residents in eastern North Carolina to follow the directions of local officials and heed any evacuation orders that may be issued.

Governor McCrory is reportedly in "constant communication" with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the Army Corps of Engineers to support a coordinated response as needed.

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