RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared a state of emergency for 33 counties in eastern North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
A statement from Perdue's office on Friday said residents shouldn't be fooled by the storm weakening to Category 1 status. She said people need to take Sandy seriously and be prepared.
Perdue's proclamation authorizes additional state resources to assist county and municipal governments. It also gives the governor expanded powers to respond to the storm's impact.
Officials expect Sandy to affect the state through Tuesday.
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