As North Carolina begins to feel the effects of Tropical Storm Elsa, Governor Roy Cooper and state emergency management officials are reminding residents to be prepared for possible power outages and to avoid driving through floodwaters.
“Residents and visitors to North Carolina should keep safety in mind as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through our state today,” said Governor Cooper. “Everyone should stay alert to rapidly changing weather conditions and have a plan should they need to move to another location.”
Driving on flooded roads should be avoided. When water is moving across a roadway, you don’t know what’s underneath the water. The surface of the road could be weakened or washed away, and you could be driving into a hole. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
The State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh is tracking the storm’s progress. The State Emergency Response Team is ready to support local governments with any storm-related needs.
“The storm’s impacts can vary by location,” said North Carolina Emergency Management Chief of Staff Will Ray. “Heavy rain, gusty winds, flooding, tornados and power outages are all possible with this storm, so please pay close attention to the forecast for your area."
Conditions will continue to deteriorate through the morning as Tropical Storm Elsa moves northeastward. Elsa is forecast to remain at tropical storm strength while moving through North Carolina today.
North Carolina residents should be sure they:
To prepare for possible power outages, or if your power goes out, remember these tips:
For more information on how to ensure your family is disaster ready, go to ReadyNC.org, which features traffic, power outage and shelter information. Also, check to see if your local community offers an emergency alert service for its residents.
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