North Carolina National Guard ready to help with Irma
Posted September 11
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina National Guard is ready to respond to help deal with the effects of Tropical Storm Irma.
During a news conference, Gov. Roy Cooper said the state remains ready.
"We’re grateful that the brunt of the storm will miss us," he said. “Things are looking better for North Carolina, but we’re not out of the woods yet and we don’t want any surprises.”
The National Guard has positioned soldiers and equipment in Greensboro, Charlotte and Asheville to support storm response activities such as cleanup, shelter operations and supply delivery, if necessary, Cooper said.
This weekend, emergency management teams and the Red Cross opened five shelters in Gaston, Guilford, Henderson, Johnston and Mecklenburg counties to help those evacuating from other states.
A high wind warning is in effect in parts of North Carolina from Shelby west toward Andrews.
“Our thoughts are with those who have felt the direct impact of this storm, and North Carolina stands ready to provide support as needed,” said Cooper.
Just days after returning home from Texas following Hurricane Harvey, volunteers with the Red Cross are also heading south to help victims of Irma.
The National Weather Service said heavy rain and strong winds could cause flash flooding in the mountains.