Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency Tuesday to activate state emergency services for the incoming Hurricane Idalia, which is currently located off the west of Florida.
Idalia is expected to drop heavy rains and cause flash and river flooding on Wednesday and Thursday, especially across the southeastern part of the state.
“We are continuing to monitor Idalia’s course and its potential impacts on our state and it’s critical to make sure we are fully prepared,” Cooper said in a news release. “It is important for North Carolinians to gather emergency kits and prepare for the storm before it’s too late. We also want to make sure our farmers are able to protect their crops.”
North Carolina Emergency Management Director Will Ray said in the Tuesday release that emergency services will be in contact with local jurisdictions to stage resources where they are needed.