Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency Friday, activating the state's Emergency Operations Plan. FEMA was now setting up an incident support base at Fort Bragg, according to Sprayberry; FEMA is preparing to provide food and shelter as well as to work alongside state emergency management teams.
As a result, Cooper's declaration of a state of emergency will remain in effect until the threat has passed. In particular, I-26 in WNC, as well as I-77 and I-95, are seeing heavier traffic.
"All roadwork will be stopped as of 7 p.m. tonight". Transportation officials say they have already seen a significant increase in traffic, and they are coordinating plans with SC and Georgia.
"With the current track, Nash County's impact appears to be minimum - but be aware the track could shift and our impact could definitely change", said Brent Fisher, assistant director of Nash County Fire & Rescue Services/Emergency Management.
State emergency management officials are now shifting resources to the west, setting up staging areas in Asheville and Greensboro.
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The state does not have a massive plan that would overhaul transportation, as we've seen in places like SC. That's due to evacuees from states to the south in the direct path of Irma. NCDOT is watching the roads closely, prepared to detour traffic if needed.
Sprayberry says if you need to flee the storm, pay attention to directions from your local officials. Cooper said the majority of those teams have already returned home, while the rest are expected to arrive home Thursday.
But for now, NCDOT is preparing most of its resources to focus on western North Carolina, which according to current models, may take the bigger hit from Irma. Tim Little of NCDOT says they are also anxious for the potential of rock slides and mudslides in the mountainous areas of WNC.
NCDOT recommends you pay attention to their travel information management system, or TIMS.