On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Ian's impact on North Carolina.
The State Emergency Response Team will move to 24-hour operations on Friday morning, according to a press release.
Cooper authorized the activation of about 80 members of the N.C. National Guard. The declaration will also activate the state's emergency operation plan, help first responders and aid the agriculture industry.
“A State of Emergency is needed now so that farmers and those preparing for the storm can more quickly get ready for the heavy rain that is likely to fall in much of our state,” Cooper said in the statement. “North Carolinians should stay aware, keep a close eye on the forecast and prepare their emergency supplies.”
North Carolina is expected to see rain and possible tornados this weekend due to the impact of Hurricane Ian on the Gulf Coast. Significant rainfall could lead to flash flooding, high winds, and landslides in the mountains.
Cooper and state officials suggest that N.C. residents make sure emergency alerts are enabled on their phones and have an emergency plan in the event they need to evacuate.