CP & L began gathering crews Wednesday night in Cary to head wherever needed by Friday morning.
All Robeson County schools will close at noon Thursday because of the threat of bad weather.
The danger of flooding, considering the rainy summer already experienced in N.C., is very real. Even before Fran's arrival, there was waist-deep water on Fayetteville's Santa Fe Road Wednesday.
One major factor inherent in a hurricane situation is the possibility of power outages. Tobacco farmers say they aren't so much worried about storm damage to the approximately 25 percent of crops left in the fields as they are about what a power outage would do to the 75 percent that's hanging in curing barns.
The department of agriculture has advised those farmers to seek generators in order to save their crops.
Larry Spence owns the Jubilee Park in Carolina Beach, and watched his 49-year-old ferris wheel tumble and roll when Hurricane Bertha hit there in July.
In South Carolina, people are relatively calm as they take warnings and evacuation orders seriously. Most remember Hugo and will not take chances again.
The S.C. National Guard has been placed on stand-by
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