CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The North Carolina State Fair is delaying the opening of the fair until Friday due to Hurricane Michael.
The fair will open on Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. after previously being scheduled to open on Thursday.
Fair officials said they had been making final preparations while monitoring Hurricane Michael.
The decision to delay the opening came after the latest weather updates.
Officials say they look forward to welcoming fairgoers on Friday.
Michael, a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 150 miles an hour, made landfall along the Florida panhandle/Big Bend area just before 1 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to maintain hurricane status as it reaches the Carolinas.
Cooper discussed preparations Wednesday morning, saying 150 National Guard troops will report for duty.
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Michael will be strong enough to down trees, rip up tarps and create additional damage, Cooper said. The hardest rain is expected to hit Thursday - with 7 inches possible in some areas.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state ahead of the storm. Cooper discussed preparations Wednesday morning, saying 150 National Guard troops will report for duty.