RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina election officials are watching closely the path of Hurricane Irma in case primary elections in the state’s largest city and elsewhere have to be delayed next week because of the storm.

State law gives elections board executive director Kim Strach emergency powers to alter an elections schedule because of a natural disaster or extremely inclement weather.

Charlotte holds primary elections for mayor and city council Tuesday. The board says the only other elections being held that day are in Cleveland County and in Murphy.

Charlotte’s elections in September 1989 were delayed because of Hurricane Hugo.