Cooper Says Weary North Carolinians Need To Be Ready For Hurricane Michael

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Hurricane Michael is projected to make landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast at 1 p.m. Wed. and to be in North and South Carolina between Thursday and Friday morning.

Michael has 110 miles per hour sustained winds. When it reaches the Carolinas, it’s expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of rain to the Charlotte region. Michael will also bring sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts of 30 miles per hour.

Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press conference this morning that the state’s problems following Hurricane Florence could be compounded by Michael because some rivers are still elevated. Saturated grounds from Florence could also lead to more flash flooding.

The governor encouraged people with homes damaged from Florence to secure them and prepare for Michael.

“We know we have to be ready,” Cooper said. “And hurricane-weary North Carolinians cannot let their guard down just because we’re fatigued with Hurricane Florence.”

Yesterday, a spokesperson for the state’s emergency services branch of the Department of Public Services said local and state disaster responders have regrouped from Hurricane Florence and are prepared to deal with Michael.