Thursday 18 Jan 2018

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Arctic Blast Headed Our Way, Gov. Cooper Takes Action

In anticipation of a forecast of cold weather, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order yesterday to help maintain supply of home heating fuels like propane across North Carolina.

A hazardous weather outlook for Wayne County warns of the arctic blast moving into the area this weekend. A reinforcing blast of Arctic air will arrive Saturday night and Sunday, with frigid temperatures expected from Sunday through the end of the week. High temperatures each day will range from the lower to mid 30s with low temperatures ranging from 15 to 20 degrees each morning. Wind chill values Sunday and Monday mornings will range from 10 to 15 degrees, while Tuesday morning will be our coldest, with wind chills from 5 to 10 degrees.

“Freezing temperatures could cause rising prices and transportation challenges for propane and other fuels that keep homes warm,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m taking action today to make it easier to get heating fuels into North Carolina for those who need it.”

Gov. Cooper signed Executive Order No. 30, declaring a state of emergency to temporarily waive the cap on maximum hours of service restrictions for fuel vehicles traveling in and through North Carolina. Several additional states along the east coast are requesting similar waivers on hours of service restrictions.

The executive order will help propane and heating fuels move in and through the state more easily and quickly in response to delivery problems that could be caused by freezing temperatures in North Carolina and in the Northeast and Midwest. The order will also help meet continued demand for heating fuels. According to the North Carolina Propane Gas Association, North Carolina is the third largest user of propane in the country.

The executive order has also put North Carolina’s price gouging law into effect statewide for the next 30 days or for the duration of the emergency, whichever is less. The price gouging law prohibits overcharging in a time of crisis.

North Carolinians who spot potential gas price gouging may report it to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office at ncdoj.gov or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

NC Emergency Management shared the following tips for staying warm through the cold weather:

  • Only burn wood for heat. Never use grills, camping stoves, or generators indoors.
  • Keep holiday decorations and other items away from heaters.
  • Check your home’s smoke detectors and keep a working fire extinguisher.
  • Wear extra layers of clothing.

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