RALEIGH, NC -- Governor Mike Easley is telling everyone to take Hanna seriously and to start preparing for the storm.
Easley will hold a news briefing at 2 p.m. to discuss the state's preparations. You can watch the briefing on ABC 11 or log on to ABC11.com for a live stream.
The Governor also activated N.C.'s emergency response team Wednesday morning. Plans are being developed based on the scenarios of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Fran in 1996.
Fran came ashore near Wilmington and moved northwest into the Triangle area. Hanna may follow the same route later this week.
To prepare, N.C. has alerted 25 swift water rescue teams, 11 urban search teams, 36 wilderness search teams and 34 medical assistance teams.
The state's 11,000 National Guard troops are also ready to mobilize for weather relief.
So far, no Guard soldiers or airmen have deployed for Hurricane Gustav or Tropical Storm Hanna operations.
The last time the National Guard was mobilized for weather was during Tropical Storm Ernesto in 2006.