Shelters for Hurricane Irma evacuees opening in North Carolina

The 5 p.m. Saturday update from the National Hurricane Center shows all of North Carolina out of Hurricane Irma's "cone of uncertainty" as the storm's projected path shifts westward.

Other shelters near interstate highways opened Saturday in Dallas, Hendersonville, Smithfield and Huntersville.

He said although the track looks better for our state, North Carolinians still need to be prepared.

The National Guard will post emergency crews in Greensboro, Asheville and Charlotte on Sunday, according to Cooper.

"We are prepared to engage in mass sheltering and feeding operations".

Governor Cooper said the highest concerns were flooding and mudslides in the mountain regions of western North Carolina as well as hurricane-strength winds along the SC border.

Irma made landfall in Florida, Sunday morning as a category four storm.

Cooper said traffic has increased throughout the state and is expected to increase more with new evacuations from Florida.

"There are alternative routes that we will get the message out to use those alternative routes", said Tim Little with NCDOT.

"The local authorities for each jurisdiction are going to instruct their residents how to evacuate", said Sprayberry.

"The part in the west we're most concerned about is possible rock slides, mud slides in the mountain area", said Little.

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