RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - Gov. Roy Cooper held an update Monday in regards to Irma, which was downgraded to a tropical storm around 8 a.m.
"The forecast and expected impacts to North Carolina remain relatively unchanged," Cooper said Monday. "We're not out of the woods yet, and we don't want any surprises."
Cooper said the state emergency center will remain activated until the storm has passed the state. Troops will remain positioned in Charlotte and Asheville.
Five shelters are open across the state for Florida evacuees, including in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. Those looking for shelters can call 211 for more information.
"We're grateful that the brunt of the storm will miss us, but our entire state will see some impacts from Irma and especially Western North Carolina," Cooper said.
Cooper reminded residents that Irma can change track, pointing back to Hurricane Matthew and the unexpected significance that it caused. The state has potential to see natural disasters, Cooper said, "and we need to be ready."
The latest forecast calls for rain and wind with the possibility of isolated tornadoes across the state today and through Tuesday, officials say. The strongest impacts are likely to be felt in Western North Carolina, where there is expected to be three to four inches of rain and winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour.
Emergency management is still on a level 1 activation.
Cooper declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday.
The state of emergency remains in effect for North Carolina, Cooper and state officials said during a noon press conference Friday regarding the state's preparations ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The governor wants residents to also be prepared with emergency kits and planned emergency routes. Readync.org will have emergency management information, storm preparation information and information on state roads as updates come in.
"Our thoughts are with those who have felt the direct impact of this storm, and North Carolina stands ready to provide support as needed," Cooper said.?