RALEIGH. NC Gov. Bev Perdue declared a State of Emergency Friday for 33 coastal and eastern North Carolina counties in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy.

'This is a large storm with a lot of energy and its' effects are likely to be felt along our coast and throughout eastern counties,' Perdue said. 'People should not be fooled by the category 1 status. Folks need to take this storm seriously and be ready.'

The governor also encouraged residents to be prepared for the hurricane to possibly hit the state late Saturday or early Sunday.

'Please make sure you have extra food, water and supplies on hand in case you lose water or electrical power during and after the storm,' Perdue urged.

'This is not your typical hurricane that moves through the state in 12 to 24 hours,' cautioned Doug Hoell, state emergency management director. 'Folks in eastern North Carolina will likely feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy beginning tonight and continuing through Tuesday.'

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