RALEIGH, N.C. — The Latest on the impact of the approach of Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina: (all times local):
Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties in North Carolina to provide the necessary assistance to eastern counties and neighboring states as Hurricane Matthew approaches.
A statement from the governor’s office on Thursday said the declaration will allow the state to use additional resources throughout the state to assist with the storm response.
McCrory said the emergency declaration also allows the state to better support people who are evacuating impacted areas, including the North Carolina coast.
The governor initially declared a state of emergency on Monday for 66 eastern and central counties. Earlier Thursday, McCrory received a weather briefing and toured the Kinston Emergency Operation Center.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for a portion of the North Carolina coast.
The 5 p.m. advisory Thursday showed the tropical storm warning was issued from north of South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington says flooding in that area will be a significant threat with Matthew because some locations in southeastern North Carolina have received up to 15 inches of rain in the last 30 days, and that additional heavy rainfall will turn to flooding.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington says the campus is closing down and suspending services in advance of the threat from Hurricane Matthew.
The school announced Thursday that it will shut down at noon Friday. A statement said workers whose shifts begin at noon or later shouldn’t report to work unless told otherwise by supervisors.
Students were already under a mandatory campus evacuation order. Students were to leave campus no later than noon Thursday. The school said a decision regarding students’ return to campus will be made and distributed as soon as possible.
UNCW is also asking faculty and staff volunteers to serve as host families for campus residential students over the weekend.