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McCrory worried about inland flooding, storm surges from Arthur

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The governor is most concerned with inland flooding and storm surges now that Arthur’s track has pushed west. The governor is most concerned with inland flooding and storm surges now that Arthur’s track has pushed west.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

 Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday night the focus is now on recovery after Hurricane Arthur passes the North Carolina coast.

McCrory noted that most injuries and most causalities occur right before and after a storm.

He warned citizens to stay inside now that the sun has set. It is more difficult to see downed power lines and flooding, McCrory said.

The governor is most concerned with inland flooding and storm surges now that Arthur’s track has pushed west.

"We are anticipating sustained winds of 100 miles per hour coupled with the storm surge on the ocean and sound sides of that highway (Highway 12), which really could cause some serious damage," he said.

McCrory will speak to the media again Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

An assessment of damage caused by Arthur will be done in tomorrow’s daylight but a thorough review will take time.

"The state's emergency response team is ready to help in any way be can," McCrory said.

McCrory said he had a good conversation with FEMA and the Red Cross during a 6 p.m. conference call.

Officials are paying close attention to Bonner Bridge, the only roadway to Hatteras Island. McCrory said the bridge will be checked to ensure its safety.

A total of 11 counties have declared a state of emergency and 14 shelters have opened for citizens.

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