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While Hurricane Dorian’s path remains uncertain, federal, state and local emergency management officials want everyone to be prepared just in case.
“The track is ever-changing. Be prepared,” said Brent Fisher, the assistant director of fire, rescue and emergency management for Nash County Emergency Services.
Heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous storm surges are expected along the North Carolina coast later this week and could affect inland locations, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service.
“It remains too early to discuss specific impacts to North Carolina, however it currently appears impacts from Dorian will increase across the state mid to later in the week,” said Diana Thomas, a meteorologist with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Thomas is calling for scattered showers, dangerous rip currents and strong surf to remain along the coast throughout the week. Rainfall amounts from Dorian remain highly dependent on the storm’s track.
The current rainfall forecast through the rest of the week indicates 1 to 6 inches with some higher amounts possible of rainfall for the majority of central and eastern North Carolina including southern Nash County, Thomas said.
If Dorian approaches North Carolina, effects should be expected to linger through the weekend, Thomas said.
Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm. He used an executive order to lift restrictions on transportation to ensure critical needs like fuel, medicine and water can get to folks most affected if Dorian strikes North Carolina.
The order lifts restrictions on equipment needed to repair utilities and remove debris so tools are easier to mobilize after the storm, according to information from the governor’s office.
“Now is the time to prepare and take Dorian seriously,” Cooper said in a press release. “This storm could cause serious damage and bring dangerous conditions to our state. I urge everyone to follow the forecast and listen to their local first responders.”
Emergency management officials caution residents to be sure they:
• Have multiple ways to receive weather information from reliable sources.
• Review personal emergency plans and know evacuation routes.
• Be sure to plan for elderly relatives and pets.
• Make sure insurance policies are up to date.
• Check emergency supply kits, which should contain food, water, prescription medicines, charging cords, batteries and other essentials to support a family for several days.