Two years ago, Hurricane Matthew caused serious damage in the Southeastern United States. Some officials are looking back on what made Hurricane Matthew deadly to better prepare for Hurricane Florence.
Jonathan Blaes, a science and operations officer at the National Weather Service office in Raleigh, said the biggest threat to Orange County is likely to be extremely heavy rain as the storm slowly makes its way across the region.
In the Piedmont, the threat of potential river flooding and flash flooding can be extremely dangerous when it covers main roads.
Andrew Barksdale, a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Transportation, said North Carolina is taking the same precautions it did two years ago to prepare for Hurricane Matthew.
“Our response is the same, and unfortunately, this one looks like it might be perhaps even bigger than Matthew,” Barksdale said. “We need everyone to take it seriously and avoid flood areas and be prepared for the worst.”