North Carolina governor talks emergency response to Hurricane Florence

Gov. Roy Cooper, (D) North Carolina, says North Carolinians' safety is his number one concern.
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You're watching continued coverage of hurricane Florence as it makes landfall in North Carolina had just near right bill B time aerial rests at that ABC news headquarters in New York thanks for staying with our. Continued coverage. This eye wall is now overtaking parts of the area that we know our crews are fanned out in the region giving us the very latest this is a slow moving storm from our meteorologists were hearing gets about six. Miles per hour as it makes that slow creep. In the region and that is bringing with it strong winds up to 92 miles per hour in some cases persisting in rain. Even tornado watches and of course that life threatening flooding one chastened and it is it time lacked time lapse images from New Bern, North Carolina. Where some of the worst flooding has already occurred that he Atwater starting to pile up there. We know that officials in the area had told Good Morning America that the water in some places it's up to twelve. Feet higher than it should have been and and in some cases we we've heard a quote if this water was to stop right now it would take up too weak to receipts he can see just how serious the situation. Is getting there in North Carolina and we're fortunate now to be joined by the governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper. Mr. Cooper thank you so much for joining us on a busy busy day for you state of emergency declared in your state. At this moment what are your format. I. The safety of north Carolinians so far we have had storm related deaths. But we note that over a hundred people have had to be rescued and uber North Carolina people had to be rescued in Jacksonville, North Carolina. And he's he's floodwaters continued to rise we note that people will need to be rescued. We're asking people to stay in your homes get up to hire. Force. I think we did a pretty good job telling people the importance of evacuations. That we had from three quarters of a million to a million people. Move westward and northward. Getting out of the storm but we're concerned about patient and it concerned about safety. But it is time to move from preparation to determination. In to execute our plan that we've been working on. And I believe that we are ready to do that. Florence is an uninvited route doesn't ultimately this is slow moving storm. We're gonna see historic range where in some places it's going to be measured in feet instead of pitches. And so we're telling people to be careful. Help won't come to use. You can let us know where you are. And our people on the ground are continuing to work. Across the state of North Carolina to nature people Thursday. And you mentioned there that at least a hundred people have had to be rescued from the new bird area are you satisfied with the number of people that have taken our heeded the warnings that you made it even several days ago to leave the areas. Most impacted as of now. Will we would have rather everybody leave says that we wouldn't be faced with these situations. But we do note that waters are going to continue to rise in different parts of North Carolina and that this is long from over. The storm is just the eye of the storm has just entered into our state but we know because of the slow moving nature of this storm. The storm surge meeting these rivers there's very little place for the discharge from from the river. So we're seeing them overflowed their banks. You add to that the rainfall that we're getting we know that in line we're gonna have some significant flooding. And during this past week local officials have been working with residents particularly in low lying areas. We've been able to do flood mapping. Looking at what has happened with past hurricanes. And a lot of people already have been moved to higher ground in some of the areas that week's black expect a flawed. Around our rivers but I'm sure there are other places where people are hanging on in and staying. Week during the storm we don't want them to try to get out nail because it's very dangerous to travel out there. We want them to hunker down where they are. Take care of themselves if they need rescuing their a lot of great teams out there local state federal. We've got teams from nineteen states who have come to help us here in North Carolina. I think we are ready to do that. And we've got about 20000 people in a 156 shelters across our state a lot of people are staying with family friends. And in hotels. We're grateful for the people who did evacuate and I will tell the people of North Carolina we are a hardy bunch we are resilient. We can get through this and we're gonna work hard to make sure that people have the resources they need to get through the store. Governor I know it's a very busy time for use I want ask you one more question that you mentioned first responders are out and they will try to get everyone who still remains and those threatened areas but. Have you heard any accounts from first responders about the kind of treacherous conditions they're dealing away there. Yet some in some places the first responders can't even get out. They won't let them get out because. High winds and treacherous conditions. That exists now and this is something people were told during the time of evacuation that. There may be times when first responders king get to you. Immediately. These are brave men and women who who want to get out there and who are getting out here in the storm so I know that it soon as it is safe. That. First first responders we all. Make sure they go it rescue people. Who need to be saved from this storm we do know that waters hill and when you have these hurricanes the flooding it is what kills the most people. So we understand that and are ready to spring into action we have a good coordinated effort here in North Carolina. And of course we have long term. Days weeks months and years of recovery ahead. As we get through these next few days it's going to be in Puerto that we get the resources. To the people North Carolina that they need. Our thoughts are with you governor Roy Cooper there in North Carolina as you can Tilly continue to feel the impact of this historic storm. Take care if they stay out there.

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