GUILFORD COUNTY, NC -- It's not a game but a normal routine of "hurry up and wait" at Triad-area NCDOT centers Friday.
As Tropical Storm Hermine makes its way up coast to North Carolina, crews are keeping an eye on the latest radar information and assembling crews and equipment.
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Brad Wall is the division maintenance engineer for NCDOT's Division 7, encompassing Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Caswell and Orange Counties.
He said each division has multiple six-person crews to send out as needed. Those crews are anticipating heavy rain and winds to bring localized flooding, downed trees and power outages Friday night and possibly early Saturday morning.
Crews will work quickly to block off flooded roads, remove trees from roads and help unclog storm drains. He said if drivers or homeowners need assistance with those issues, they should call NCDOT if they live in the county and the city street maintenance department if they live in city limits. If homeowners or renters lose power, they should call their power supplier to report the outage.
Wall said if the storm misses the Triad, Division 7 will likely deploy crews to the coast, as needed. But, if the storm does hit the Triad, he said the crews will stay here and likely get help from the local volunteer fire departments.
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