"Thankfully, Hurricane Earl passed by North Carolina without hitting our coast directly. Damage assessments are underway, and I will be working with the Governor to ensure any necessary federal resources are leveraged. My thoughts are with all North Carolinians who have experienced any property damage, and I am hopeful that Highway 12 will be passable soon. My office is available to help with questions and assistance. We are also working to help keep the public up to date, and my staff will continue to update this page with pertinent post-storm information."