Elizabethtown and Bladenboro town leaders declared states of emergency in their respective towns Friday afternoon in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.
“We’ve been taking part of weather briefings all day, and this storm is going to have a significant impact on our area,” said Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden. “We think we’ve done everything possible to prepare and have made every effort to be prepared.”
A curfew will be imposed at 11 p.m. Friday night and stay in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday. It will be in effect again from 11 p.m. Saturday night until 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
“We need to keep our streets as clear as possible for emergency personnel,” said Madden.
In North Carolina, the Emergency Management Act of 1977 allowed governments to call a state of emergency so they may, among other things, evacuate stricken areas, establish control over food and shelter, set curfews, restrict vehicular traffic, waive any law or ordinance that would stand in the way of relief, or utilize resources and personnel to provide emergency services.
On Thursday, Gov. McCrory delcared a state of emergency for all 100 North Carolina counties.