State officials, Eastern NC officials still bracing for Matthew

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Gov. Pat McCrory met with emergency management officials in the eastern part of the state Thursday.

People down east are indeed hoping there won’t be enough rain for severe flooding, but they’re also preparing in case it does happen.

He continued to urge people to remain vigilance.

The National Guard is standing by, as well as swift water rescue and medical personnel.

While McCrory was at the center, he received a call from President Obama, who wanted to make sure the state has enough federal resources on hand.

State officials say they are checking the storm’s track almost hourly.

Kinston, which is no stranger to flooding from hurricanes, is also keeping a wary eye on the storm track and potential rainfall accumulations.

“I’m mainly concerned about the wind and the rain,” said Kinston resident Donny White. “The other rain saturated the ground, and then the wind will blow over trees knocking out power lines and destroying some property.”

In some areas north of Lenore County there is the possibility they could get up to 12 inches of rain. The mayor here says all the communities in this part of the state have mutual aid agreements and they’ll send people where needed to help.

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