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Gov. McCrory says to NC: 'Take this storm seriously'

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory and his key personnel held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the coming storm, and McCrory urged North Carolinians to be careful as heavy snows approach.

"Take this storm seriously -- especially in the East," McCrory said.

McCrory was joined by Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry, Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata, Highway Patrol Commander Colonel Bill Grey and National Guard Adjutant General Gregory Lusk.

"Our goal is to be over-prepared, and we hope the storm system will be underwhelming," McCrory said.

McCrory acknowledged that North Carolina doesn't have the amount of snow equipment that other states might have. The state's struggles with ice and snow often draw sneers and chuckles from those who move here from Northern states.

"The people who have migrated here, and we are glad to have them, don't realize the difference in the weather patterns," McCrory said.

"We've got to be honest -- we don't have these storms very often, so the equipment [in the South] isn't as needed or as great as in New York or Connecticut."

McCrory said the state is especially lacking in equipment to combat snow and ice on its many rural roads.

He urged North Carolinians to be cautious as the snow starts to fall.

"We do not want fatalities during this storm. And we don't want to put our emergency workers at risk," McCrory said.

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