NORTH CAROLINA -- Gov. Roy Cooper gave an update on Friday morning following the severe weather that Michael brought to the state on Thursday.
- Close to 500,000 homes and businesses remain without power
- 431 roads are closed from Michael as well as from Florence still
- Troopers responded to more than 1,000 collisions
He said still close to 500,000 homes and businesses statewide are without power and that nearly 100 people across the state had to be rescued or evacuated due to flash flooding.
NCDOT’s Jim Trogdon said that 431 roads in the state, including 32 primary roads, are closed following Michael and Florence. He said some more closures are possible due to rising river levels.
Cooper urged the public to stay safe while out on the roads and to keep in mind to never touch downed power lines and to never drive around barricades.
Along the coast, the surf remains choppy. Cooper urged people to stay out of the ocean this weekend even though the weather will be nice because strong rip currents are still likely.
To view the current conditions of local roads, visit drivenc.gov.