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Gov. Cooper: Beware Of Water On The Roads

Vince Winkel
Rains began to get heavy on Thursday late morning.

Hurricane Dorian is now a category 2 storm, and is closing in on the Cape Fear region. It’s full force is expected to reach here this evening. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents today to stay off the roads, and not to underestimate the power of water.

“Remember, it only takes a few inches of water to cause flash floods and to wash your vehicle off of the road. The majority of deaths in hurricanes are from drowning and we know that all too well in North Carolina. Never drive on flooded roads and never drive around a barrier. It's there for your protection. Turn around, don't drown, don't risk your life and the lives of those who may have to rescue you.”

That’s Gov. Cooper speaking from the state Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh today. Vince Winkel, WHQR News.