RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina governor Pat McCrory says he’s declared an emergency as rain and wind from Hurricane Joaquin threatens to hit the state following several days of soaking rain for much of the state.
As of Thursday afternoon, there are no evacuation orders. McCrory’s declaration allows exceptions to weight and time restrictions on trucks. It also gives the governor additional authority to respond to trouble.
Additional rain from Joaquin could result in deadly flooding for a state that is almost completely under flood watches.
The governor says Outer Banks towns are especially at risk because rain there has been coming nearly nonstop for a week. That was followed by a weekend nor’easter that’s eroded protective sand dunes along the coast. McCrory adds that falling rain and storm-pushed tides have caused water to collect on Outer Banks roads which has nowhere to go.
Up to 10 inches of rain could fall in parts of the state’s western mountains and foothills.