Updated 10/29/2012 04:46 PM
Gov. Perdue declares state of emergency for 24 western NC counties under winter storm warning
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RALEIGH—Although most of North Carolina dodged the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, residents should be aware that the effects of the storm are not over yet.
Governor Bev Perdue declared a State of Emergency for two dozen western counties that are under a winter storm warning after she issued a similar proclamations for 40 counties in eastern North Carolina because of the storm's winds and rains. Transportation officials have also suspended all ferry service to Ocracoke island, leaving hundreds of residents and guests no way to get to higher ground as the storm draws closer to the coast.
Emergency Officials are expecting up to 12 inches of heavy wet snow in the west and say people need to continue to take the storm seriously.
"I urge folks across the state to continue to be vigilant and to monitor the wind and the water in the east and to monitor the cold weather, ice and snow in the west. and always listen out to what the local emergency management officials are telling us,” said Gov. Perdue.
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