NC gov temporarily supsends transport rules

Raleigh, NC - From the North Carolina State Emergency Response Team:

RALEIGH, NC Gov. Bev Perdue issued Executive Order No. 61 Wednesday in anticipation of Hurricane Earl's arrival to temporarily suspend some motor vehicle regulations to ensure the transport of essentials and restoration of utility services as needed.

The order allows an exemption to permit "the uninterrupted supply of electricity, fuel oil, diesel oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane, liquid petroleum gas, food, water, and medical supplies to residential and commercial establishments is essential during the storm and after the storm and any interruption in the delivery of those commodities threatens the public welfare."

The National Hurricane Center issued a Hurricane Warning at 11 a.m. for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Evacuation orders are in effect for Ocracoke and Hatteras islands.

High winds and storm surge are expected to cause overwash of Hwy. 12 and may affect other roadways in coastal areas.

The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is working with local emergency managers to respond to the potential effects of Hurricane Earl. Ferry Services is running extra routes from Ocracoke for evacuations.

All other ferry service is on normal operations. An emergency shelter is open in Pitt County at North Pitt High School in Bethel.