RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday afternoon that he is declaring a State of Emergency for the entire state of North Carolina ahead of the possible impact of Hurricane Irma.
The State of Emergency will go into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, Cooper said.
“You need to start preparing for some type of impact,” Cooper said.
Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm as of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory and the storm continues to move on a northwest track.
Irma has maximum sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts up to 225 mph.