(Reuters) – The governor of North Carolina declared an emergency on Friday when a large winter storm that already drenches…
(Reuters) – The governor of North Carolina declared an emergency on Friday when a large winter storm that already drenches the southern plain was expected to hit the southeast with snow and snow this weekend.
PHILPHOTO: North American governor Roy Cooper participates in the session “Curbing the Opioid Epidemic” at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, July 1
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Winter Storm Diego could take a snowmobile to the mountain ranges of Carolinas, along with snow and freezing rain that could interrupt or delay flights and fast traffic on odd roads.
“North Carolina is ready for a big winter storm and we take all the necessary steps to get the resources we need to respond,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a written statement announcing the emergency.
“Snow can be beautiful, but it may also be treacherous and I urge North Carolinians to take this storm seriously and get ready for it now,” said Cooper.
American Airlines issued a weather-weather, waived change fee for travelers booked through Charlotte Douglas International, an important regional focal point facing the possibility of delayed or canceled flights.
Other affected airports include Asheville and Raleigh-Durham International in North Carolina, Lynchburg and Roanoke, Virginia and Greenville-Spartanburg International, South Carolina.
North American Emergency Management officials urged residents to store food and water for three days and to keep the batteries on hand for torches and radios if the power is lost.
Unnecessary travel should be avoided, officials said.
“I’m worried. I have the milk and bread,” said Mary Susan Bendl, 58, Charlotte, referring to the regulations she bought before the storm.
Charlotte is expected to be hit with a blend of snow and snow producing 1-2 inches of ice, she said. “They already cut trees from power lines. It’s unusual to have a big storm like this early in the season. “
Diego hit the southern plain with snow, ice and frost rain and urged the Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to declare an emergency for all 77 of the state’s counties on Thursday.
” When we arrive (Saturday) is when the snow is going to start (in Carolinas), “said Richard Bann, a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.” We expect snow in the southern and central appalachians. “
The National Weather Administration issues a winter storm alarm at the beginning of Caroline’s
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing Bill Tarrant and Daniel Wallis
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