By WECT Staff | March 18, 2021 at 5:14 PM EDT – Updated March 18 at 7:53 PM
“This state of emergency will allow movement of trucks and equipment to respond to emergencies, rapidly restore power outages and clear debris after the storm passes,” said Gov. Cooper.
Cooper, with the concurrence of the Council of State, signed transportation waivers that waive size and weight requirements for vehicles traveling on state highways to support the restoration of utility services, debris removal and emergency relief efforts.
The order also allows the state to seek federal reimbursement for any disaster-related costs.
As of 7:30 p.m., the coastal counties of the Cape Fear region are clear of the threat of severe weather for the remainder of Thursday night. Bladen County is still under threat of severe thunderstorms coming from the west.
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