NC governor declares state of emergency as Cat-4 Hurricane Michael approaches Florida

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Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning in North Carolina as Hurricane Michael neared Florida as a Category 4 storm.

The governor called it “a dreadful storm.”

“North Carolina is staring down another powerful hurricane less than a month (after) Hurricane Florence battered our state,” Cooper said at a news conference.

The storm’s track would take it into the Carolinas, where winds of 39 to 73 mph and “flooding rain” are expected, The Charlotte Observer reported.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for multiple counties in northeast South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina, the Observer reported. Florence hit the same area last month.

There are still 11 shelters open in North Carolina after Florence, according to information provided at the state news conference. So far, there is no discussion of opening others.

The state of North Carolina has waived restrictions on trucks and heavy vehicles in preparation, NC Emergency Management said in a tweet, adding that 150 National Guard troops will report for duty Wednesday.