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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Pat McCrory says the state of North Carolina is taking the threat of Tropical Storm Arthur seriously, even if the storm may not deliver a direct hit.

With beaches packed for the 4th of July holiday, McCrory says he is concerned residents and visitors may underestimate Arthur’s impact and advises an abundance of caution; echoing a warning he issued during last winter’s ice storms.

“Don’t put your stupid hat on,” McCrory said during a news conference at the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center this afternoon. “Usually most injuries occur right before a storm or right after a storm, so especially on the coastal area, we want to make sure people don’t try out the great waves before the storm comes, even though they are good waves. We don’t want you to go into the ocean.”

McCrory says state tourism officials and other agencies will work with local leaders to get the word out to beach visitors especially about the dangers of rip currents. The rip risk is increased as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches and likely will remain high after the storm passes.

He also urged people to play safe so as not to put the lives of emergency workers at risk.

The governor recommended residents and visitors to the coast stay tuned to local media for the latest information about the path of the storm and its effects.

This morning McCrory declared a State of Emergency for 25 coastal and adjoining counties.

The governor said he is aware of the impact of the storm on a busy tourist weekend along the coast. He has plans to be in the NC 4th of July Festival parade Friday in Southport.

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8 Comments on "McCrory warns against ‘stupid hats’ again as Arthur approaches NC"

2015 years 9 months ago

Got a possible category one hurricane bearing down on us and the concern at this time is fracking? Gees! Go Gov! Tell it like it is! Already have found one “stupid” wearing a hat.!

2015 years 9 months ago

I wore my stupid hat when I voted for McCory.

Anthony Ciora
2015 years 9 months ago

I wore my stupid hat when I voted for Obama back in 2008. I will never vote for a Dem again.

2015 years 9 months ago

Gov. McCrory wears his stupid hat every day, in fact it’s probably the first thing he puts on when he gets up every morning.

2015 years 9 months ago

What purpose will this visit serve besides filling up the already ridiculously full parking lot at WH ? I guess he needs to see how well we can handle all the sick people that will be needing care once the fracking pollution is dumped on us down here.

2015 years 9 months ago

a shill for polluting industries and the chambers of commerce, a waste of space in the governor’s mansion while NC sinks lower and lower….

suspicious 1
2015 years 9 months ago

What is the big deal about a tropical storm or a Cat.1 hurricane? Most everybody has been through them and know how to prepare. This is all we will hear for the next week. The Governor needs to stay in Raleigh and govern. We are fine without him……or Saffo, or Evangelous, or Padgett, or Berger……………I would prefer to read about RC, Frog, BJ and the other clowns to the west of us. At least they did create a chuckle occasionally.

2015 years 9 months ago

Talk about wearing stupid hats, where’s Tillis? Next week year round school starts with no budget in sight!


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