RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency for 33 counties in eastern North Carolina as Hurricane Hermine advances toward the state.

McCrory issued the declaration Thursday after meeting with state emergency personnel to discuss storm preparations, as well as equipment or staffing support needs.

The emergency declaration helps facilitate the movement of resources needed to respond to and recover from the storm. The governor also issued an executive order that waives certain truck restrictions on weight and hours of service in order to facilitate quicker storm response.

Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry said National Guard soldiers, Highway Patrol troopers and Department of Transportation crews have been mobilized across the state.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rains, gusty winds and flooding to the state beginning Friday night.