CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency for all 100 counties in North Carolina "in order to provide the necessary assistance to eastern North Carolina and surrounding states" as Hurricane Matthew approaches.
"This declaration will allow us to use further resources throughout the state to assist with the storm response here at home and to our neighboring states to the south," Governor McCrory said. "It will also allow us to better support evacuees heading further inland from impacted areas, including the North Carolina coast."
The governor previously declared a state of emergency on Monday for 66 eastern and central counties.
While at the Kinston Emergency Operation Center Thursday, McCrory received a call from President Barack Obama for an update on storm preparations and the coordination of state and federal officials. The governor has also offered assistance to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
According to the state, a primary concern of approaching Hurricane Matthew is heavy rainfall that may cause flooding in already-saturated areas. McCrory is encouraging North Carolinians to be aware of the dangers of flooding and be prepared.
The governor explained that local county officials determine evacuation schedules, however the state is standing by ready to assist. Surf City and Brunswick County are currently under a voluntary evacuation, while Ocracoke Island is under a mandatory evacuation for visitors.
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