State of Emergency issued for North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Michael

HURRICANE MICHAEL: Cooper activates National Guard, declares State of Emergency

HURRICANE MICHAEL: Cooper activates National Guard, declares State of Emergency

Cooper says the coast could get tropical storm force winds and some parts of the state receive up to seven inches of rain.

"The peak of this event (for Eastern North Carolina) should be Thursday late afternoon and evening, and after midnight things should start to improve", said meteorologist Hal Austin with the National Weather Service forecast office in Newport.

Michael came ashore in Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane.

Austin said the storm is forecasted to bring sustained winds of about 25 to 30 miles per hour to the Onslow County area, with gusts up around 50 miles per hour.

The outage projection is "based on the company's storm modeling tool, which analyzes variables including storm magnitude and track, wind speed, size of the wind field and ground saturation", according to Duke Energy. Florence hit the same area last month. Those with tarps on rooftops should make sure they are secure along with any loose items that could blow around.

"I just don't see the business being here with all the winds", Griffith said.

The Waccamaw River, still at moderate flood levels from Florence, shouldn't see significant increases from Michael rainfall, the NWS notes.

"How much more can we take?" she said.