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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Currituck Co., NC issued a State of Emergency effective at 11:00 a.m., at which time a mandatory evacuation for tourists took effect. One for residents also has been set for 8:00 a.m. Friday.

Dare County ordered a mandatory evacuation of all residents beginning at 8:00 a.m. Friday.

Shelters for Dare residents will open Friday at 10:00 a.m. TJ Davis Recreation Center, 400 E. Sixth Street in Roanoke Rapids can't take pets but accommodations will be available.

Pets can stay with owners at Northampton Cultural & Wellness Center, 9536 Hwy 305 North in Jackson.

Dare County residents who can't get to a state-managed shelter outside of Dare County should call 252-475-5640 to make travel arrangements.

Evacuees with special medical needs should contact 252-475-5655 for assistance.

On Thursday at 8:00 a.m., Dare County ordered all tourists to begin evacuating.

Thursday afternoon, officials in Tyrrell County declared a full mandatory evacuation effective 7:00 p.m. Friday.

Gov. Beverly Perdue declared a state of emergency for region east of I-95. At a Thursday morning briefing, the governor said Hurricane Irene will cause trouble for the North Carolina coast no matter where the storm's eye passes the state this weekend.

Perdue told reporters at a briefing in Raleigh on Thursday there will be strong storm surges that could cause flooding and she again urged eastern North Carolina residents to get prepared as Irene approaches.

Perdue says it appears Ocracoke Island and Hyde County may get the brunt of the storm, but she says the track could easily change. She says Irene is a big storm packing strong winds. /p>

The governor says she's concerned about reports that ferries evacuating people from Ocracoke are empty, and she says people need to take the storm seriously. Dare County began evacuating tourists Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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