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READY TO RESPOND - NCDOT prepares for Hurricane Irene

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Published on Aug 25, 2011

As Hurricane Irene churns closer to the North Carolina coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation is making preparations to ensure it is ready to respond. Crews based along the eastern part of the state are checking their equipment to make sure it is working properly, topping off their fuel tanks and reviewing their routes prior to the storm's arrival. Crews in central North Carolina are mainly on standby in case the coastal counties need extra manpower, equipment and signage after Irene passes through the state.

In the video below, NCDOT Chief Engineer Jon Nance talks about the critical coordination the department has with state and county emergency management teams, as well as the National Weather Service, as it plans its storm response. He also explains how the forecast for the hurricane dictates which kinds of equipment crews will need to handle its aftermath.

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