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UPDATE: Hurricane Arthur News Conference with Governor Pat McCrory

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UPDATE: The Governor gave another press conference at 9 p.m. on Thursday night after Arthur became a category 2 hurricane. He urged residents to leave and for those who chose to stay to exercise extreme caution. 

A news conference was held Thursday morning at 10:04 a.m. to discuss Hurricane Arthur.

Governor Pat McCrory issued the following key statements:

- Primary purpose to protect safety and health of visitors and citizens, be careful so public safety personnel are not put in jeopardy.

- Be prepared for potential power outages, flooding, surges, rip tides.

- Already taking action to make sure everything is prepared or fixed, main issue is safety and health of citizens.

- Storm is close to Wilmington; storm expected to reach OBX by afternoon.

- NC-Highway 12 overwash expected, only 5-10 yards of space with water on both sides, very concerned about this.

- As hurricane moves north, more counties in state of emergency, several counties ready to open shelters.

- Asks that citizens in eastern part of state please listen to media oulets, weather reports, have emergency kits/plans ready.

- Anticipate a beautiful holiday weekend after hurricane passes, Gov. is planning to go to parade this weekend, priority is to recover as quickly as possible.

- Visitor's call center will be open 24/7.

- Hope for the best, pray for best, that the storm clears quickly so we can celebrate our country's independence.

- Stay safe, 'don't put your stupid hat on'.

- You don't need to prove to people the wind/water is powerful by putting yourselves in danger, do your job but protect yourself.