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Governor Cooper declares ‘State of Emergency’ ahead of ice storm, activating National Guard

The state of emergency will allow for transportation waivers for utility companies to bring repair crews from out of state to get faster access to communities.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency ahead of Thursday’s ice storm. The storm is expected to bring significant icing that will likely result in fallen trees and power lines.

“This forecast for icy weather is a real threat for widespread power outages,” Gov. Cooper said.

Duke Energy is projecting nearly one million power outages across the Carolinas.

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"People need to be ready to stay home and be prepared to lose power for a while, especially in the northern, western and Piedmont counties," Cooper said.

The state of emergency will allow for transportation waivers for utility companies to bring repair crews from out of state to get faster access to communities without power.

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Cooper also authorized to activate 40 National Guard workers to help with fallen trees and debris removal.

State transportation officials advise against unnecessary travel Thursday due to icy roads, fallen power lines and trees.

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The NCDOT is already brining major highways, bridges and overpasses in some areas.

Crews have already placed nearly 30,000 gallons of brine on roads in the Piedmont Triad, the Triangle, Charlotte area, and the mountains.

They’re also loading trucks with salt and sand so deicing operations can start during the storm’s aftermath. They will also work through the night to clear roads.

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Emergency managers offer these tips for staying safe during this ice storm:

  • Be prepared for power outages by making sure you have several days supply of food, medicine and water
  • Make sure your cell phone and other electronic or medical devices are fully charged, along with any backup batteries
  • Don’t park your car under trees or power lines
  • Use battery powered lights, instead of candles, if your power goes out
  • Avoid running generators or grills in your home or garage if your power goes out. Deadly carbon monoxide fumes can accumulate while using generators or grills indoors.