Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) - Gov. Bev Perdue has signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon to declare a State of Emergency in North Carolina, as residents anticipate the arrival of Hurricane Earl.
The declaration has called for all state and local government agencies to cooperate in provisions of the North Carolina Emergency Operations Plan.
The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management continues to work alongside local emergency managers to respond to any effects of Hurricane Earl.
Officials said ferries will be running extra routes from Ocracoke Island for evacuations. All other ferry service is on normal operations.
An emergency shelter has also opened in Pitt County at North Pitt High School in Bethel to accommodate those who need assistance.
Hurricane Earl continues to chug towards the East Coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.