RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Cooper has declared a State of Emergency in order to help farmers ahead of the potential storm next week.


Cooper issued the State of Emergency in order to help farmers transport and harvest their crops quicker. 

The order he signed waives the cap on maximum hours of service restrictions for trucks traveling through the state and waives size and weight restrictions for trucks carrying livestock and crops.

This will help move crops in and through the state more easily in response to any problems Florence may cause. 

NC Emergency Management shared the following tips for preparing for a hurricane:

  • Build an emergency kit.
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Know the routes you need to leave your home (evacuation routes). Locate your local emergency shelters.
  • Closely watch/listen to the weather reports. Listen every hour as a storm nears.
  • Put fuel in all vehicles and withdraw some cash from the bank. Gas stations and ATMs may be closed after a hurricane.
  • If authorities ask you to leave, do so quickly.