RALEIGH -- As round one of the winter storm passed through North Carolina, it left dangerous road conditions, power outages and frustrated travelers. But, overall, Gov. Pat McCrory says he was pleased with how the state weathered the storm.
“We gave warning, our team was prepared and we responded across the state,” said McCrory.
Round two of the storm moved across the state Thursday. It brought with it more snow and a similar warning from state leaders.
“The bottom line is this storm is still very dangerous, and I recommend in most areas of the state where you know where other forecasts are saying the storms are continuing, we encourage you to stay home unless it is an emergency,” said McCrory.
State officials are giving most of their kudos to the folks out on the front line of the storm. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata went to the DOT barn in Raleigh to check in on the drivers who have been plowing and sanding the roads.
“Checking on morale and safety and making sure we've got enough resources,” said Tata.
As the final stages of this winter weather moves through, state officials say they feel confident that they are prepared to see this storm through to the end.
“We believe currently at this time we are resilient enough and have enough capability that we can adequately respond to this level of event,” said NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.
State officials say once the storm is over they will contemplate if they need to ask for federal assistance to help recover.
Since the storm began, three deaths have been attributed to the weather in North Carolina.