Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina in a Friday news briefing as Hurricane Isaias is set to approach the state.
The hurricane could reach North Carolina's coast by Monday, Cooper said, and make its greatest impact Monday night.
He said the state Emergency Operations Center, which has already been activated for COVID-19, has been activated for Hurricane Isaias as well.
Cooper said the state will coordinate shelters for those who need to evacuate and cannot find other arrangements.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, he said shelters should be a last resort, and people should try to stay with family and friends or at hotels. Those who need a shelter will be screened for symptoms and provided masks, and those with symptoms will be given a sheltering option where it is easier to isolate.