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State officials prepare for storms, flash flooding and damaging winds Thursday and Friday. Governor Roy Cooper will hold a press conference on Thursday about what the state is doing to prepare.
WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE RAIN AND POSSIBLY SOME STRONGER WIND THAT COMES WITH THE STORM, TOMORROW.>>> TODAY, GOVERNOR COOPER WILL TALK ABOUT THE RAIN AND FLOODING RISK THAT WE ARE FACING TODAY AND INTO TOMORROW. HE WILL SPEAK AND 3 AND YOU CAN WATCH IT AT WRAL OF THE DIGITAL PLATFORMS. THIS STATE HAS HAD NATIONAL GUARDSMEN AND SWIFT WATER RESCUE ON STANDBY. FAYETTEVILLE HAS BARRICADES SO THEY ARE READY TO BLOCK ANY FLOODED ROADS.>>> CITY AND TOWNS ARE USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD THE WORD, THAT FLOODING IS POSSIBLE, AND IT COULD BE SEVERE.>> NIA HARDEN CONTINUES COVERAGE FROM RALEIGH. WITH THE HEAVY RAIN APPROACHING, WAKE COUNTY IS CLOSING A COVID-19 TESTING SECULARLY AS A PRECAUTION. >> Reporter: THE SUNNYBROOK PARKING DECK WILL BE CLOSING AT NOON, AND THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED. HOWEVER, THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE STEPS THAT THE STATE AND THE COUNTIES ARE TRYING TO TAKE, TO GET READY FOR WHAT IS AHEAD. WE COULD SEE A SECOND BIG RAIN EVENT SINCE SEPTEMBER 1. LET’S LOOK AT THIS VIDEO THAT WE HAVE FROM SMITHFIELD, WHERE A MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN WERE SWEPT OFF THE ROAD BY RUSHING WATER, THE LAST TIME. THEY ARE MAKING SURE THE SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAMS ARE READY, IF NEEDED THIS TIME. THEY ARE MAKING THE PLANS, SPEAKING TO THE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, SAYS THEY HAVE REACHED OUT TO EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO RESPOND. THEY’VE ALSO TRIED TO START ACTIVATING A COUPLE OF THE SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAMS. THEY SAID THEY ARE ACTIVATING SOME GUARDSMEN. WHEN IT COMES TO THE COVID-19 TESTING HERE AT SUNNYBROOK , THE PARKING DECK, IF YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING THE TESTING DONE WE COULD TELL YOU THAT THE TESTING WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO BE ABLE TO COME ANYTIME FRIDAY STARTING AT 9 IN THE MORNING.