RALEIGH, N.C. (WVEC) -- Governor Roy Cooper held a press conference on the state's preparation for Hurricane Irma Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Gov. Cooper and Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry spoke at the Emergency Operations Center.

On Wednesday, Cooper declared a state of emergency and it went into effect Thursday morning at 8 a.m..

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is expected to hit North Carolina by Monday.