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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for the entire state beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
Cooper gave a briefing to the state Wednesday afternoon and said that “Irma is a strong storm. Wherever you live, you need to take this seriously and start preparing for impacts.”
Watch Cooper’s full press briefing below:
Irma is still days away from making landfall in the United States, but it’s currently at a Category 5 level, meaning it has winds in excess of 175 mph. Currently, the storm is pounding the Caribbean area and moving at around 15 mph.
See the most latest projected Irma track in the map below: