Gov. McCrory tours Eastern Emergency Operations Center in Kinston

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – An emergency deployment station in Kinston is preparing for the worst of Hurricane Matthew.

Governor McCrory stopped by Thursday and spoke on how carefully state and local officials are watching the hurricane’s continuous changes. He toured the station and spoke with emergency officials about what resources they’ll need and other preparations.

“As Hurricane Matthew currently tracks 80 to 100 miles from the North Carolina border, any change in the storm track could change our conditions dramatically,” said Governor McCrory. “We are prepared to respond at a moment’s notice. Our emergency response teams and resources are in place and we continue to keep our guard up as we closely monitor the storm.”

The Kinston Emergency Operations Center is one of three regional centers across the state deploying resources in response to the hurricane. North Carolina National Guard troops, swift water rescue teams and emergency medical teams are among the resources in place. The Kinston Center has deployed resources to support Williamston, New Bern and Elizabethtown.

During the tour, President Barack Obama called the governor to get an update on the preparations as well.

McCrory said officials are monitoring rainfall, especially in areas like Bertie County, “We’re going to be looking at the rivers more than anything else to see how much rise we have on the rivers. And we’re going to be keeping very close tabs on what the river flow is.”


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