With Tropical Storm Florence forecast to strengthen as it heads toward the East Coast, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency and waived transportation rules to help farmers harvest and transport their crops more quickly.
“While it’s still too early to know the storm’s path, we know we have to be prepared,” Governor Cooper said. “During harvest, time is of the essence. Action today can avoid losses due to Florence.”
To activate the transportation waiver, Governor Cooper also signed Executive Order No. 51, declaring a State of Emergency for the State of North Carolina on Friday.
The executive order will help gather and move crops in and through the state more easily and quickly in response to problems that could be caused by Tropical Storm Florence in North Carolina and along the East Coast.
Earlier today, Gov. Cooper said state emergency management officials are working with local and federal counterparts to prepare North Carolina for possible impacts from Florence. He also urged North Carolinians to take steps to prepare their families.
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