WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP/WAVY) – During a Thursday news conference in Wilmington, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory urged residents and visitors to “not put your stupid hat on” as the state prepares for Hurricane Arthur.
McCrory reminded people that most injuries and deaths occur before and after a storm. He urged people to not act selfishly, saying that if they put themselves in harm’s way, they also endanger emergency workers who must try to rescue them.
McCrory declared a state of emergency for 25 coastal and adjoining counties.
Hyde County announced a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island, which is accessible only by ferry. The evacuation took effect at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Ferry toll fees are suspended for evacuating visitors.
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