North Carolina Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Irma

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Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina on September 6.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for the entire state beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Cooper gave a briefing to the state Wednesday afternoon and said that “Irma is a strong storm. Wherever you live, you need to take this seriously and start preparing for impacts.”

Watch Cooper’s full press briefing below:


Irma hundreds of miles and days away from making landfall in the United States, but it’s currently at a Category 5 level, meaning it has winds in excess of 175 mph. The storm is currently pounding the Caribbean area and moving at around 15 mph. At its current conditions, Irma is the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

See the most latest projected Irma track in the map below:

National Hurricane CenterThe latest forecast for Hurricane Irma.

North Carolina joins Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in declaring state of emergencies ahead of Irma.