RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency in advance of a winter storm that will enter the state this afternoon and is expected to hit the state with snow, sleet and freezing rain. The emergency operations center opened at noon.
There are three main concerns with this storm, state officials said:
- Power outages
- Hazardous travel
- Extreme cold
Just quarter-inch of ice can create power outage issues. Chainsaw crews are ready to address any downed trees.
Approximately 1,300 workers are ready to go across the state with nearly 500 trucks distributing more than 1.3 million gallons of salt brine across the state’s roadways.
“We are working with all necessary departments and local emergency management crews to keep residents safe and informed regarding potentially hazardous weather conditions,” Gov. McCrory said. “We’re asking that each resident and family do the same by paying attention to the weather forecast and following instructions from local officials.”
The Highway Patrol will be checking all cars on the side of the road for people who are trapped. Check on your neighbors, officials said, and bring pets indoors.
Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions.
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RICHMOND (WWBT) -Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced he will declare a State of Emergency at 3 p.m. as a serious snowstorm makes its way into the Commonwealth.
The governor hopes to have every major road open within 48 hours of the storm, beginning with the highest priority roadways. Salt and brine treatment is already underway with 500,000 tons of salt and 500,000 gallons of brine available.
“Every part of the Commonwealth is going to be impacted by this storm,” Gov. McAuliffe said. “Every single part of the Commonwealth.”
The declaration allows the state to mobilize its 12,000 pieces of equipment and 2,500 personnel to respond to the emergency.
The governor also urged Virginians to stay off the roads, if possible, to allow emergency vehicles passage and to cut down on the potential for accidents.