Gov. Cooper issues state of emergency due to severe weather risks

WECT — Governor Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency in preperation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Ian.

“Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency today to activate the state’s emergency operations plan, waive transportation rules to help the transport of fuel and critical supplies, help first responders and the agriculture industry and protect consumers from price gouging,” wrote Cooper’s office in the announcement.

The State Emergency Response Team will activate in Raleigh on Thursday, and they plan to begin 24-hour operations on Friday Morning.