RALEIGH: Hurricane Florence is still churning towards the North Carolina coast and the state is wasting no time preparing.
Tuesday night Governor Cooper's office announced that shelters statewide are opening to take in people displaced by evacuations. Prisons and jails in vulnerable areas are evacuating, and long-term care facilities have been urged to work with local emergency management officials to ensure resident and patient safety. The state has announced closures of state parks, museums and other attractions. Governor Cooper has also authorized providing more North Carolina National Guard soldiers for Hurricane Florence response.