Posted on Sep 01, 2010
   N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has given the order to temporarily suspend some motor vehicle regulations in anticipation of Hurricane Earl this holiday weekend. The suspension would ensure the transport of essentials and restore utility services as needed.

   The order allows the "uninterrupted supply of electricity, fuel oil, diesel oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane, liquid petroleum gas, food, water and medical supplies to residential and commercial establishments." It notes that such a continuous supply "is essential during and after the storm, and any interruption in the delivery of those commodoties threatens the public welfare."

   The National Hurricane Center issued a Category 4 Hurricane warning at 11 a.m. today for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Evacuation orders are in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

   State and local emergency managers are coordinating efforts to respond to Earl. Ferry Services are running extra routes from the islands for evacuations, and an emergency shelter is open at N. Pitt High School in Bethel, Pitt County.

   In addition, the Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the Red Cross authorized the stationing of two emergency vehicles in Raleigh, N.C. today.

   Earl is expected to close in on the N.C. coast Friday at the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend.