With Florence lurking, Mayor Miles Atkins declared a state of emergency for Mooresville.
"In the best interest of public safety and protection, it is necessary to respond with all town services to one of the worst natural disasters to occur in Mooresville in this decade," Adkins said at a press conference at Mooresville Town Hall.
The declaration removes certain restrictions on law enforcement, along with other first responders, and frees up resources to assist with disaster relief. Atkins' declaration came on the heels of Iredell County Board of Commissioners Chairman James Mallory III issuing a countywide state of emergency Thursday morning, and Gov. Roy Cooper doing the same last week for all of North Carolina.
Atkins added that all civilians and emergency personnel are "hereby ordered to comply with the emergency plan and are further ordered to comply with other restrictions that may be imposed by this state of emergency."