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First responders prepare for winter weather

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First responders and law enforcement will be out on the roads in numbers throughout the upcoming winter storm that's expected to hit the triangle area.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office says about twice as many deputies as normal will be out on the roads through the storm.  The county's Emergency Operations Center is also being activated.

Lieutenant Eric Keever with the Wake County Sheriff's Office remembers the last big ice storm in 2002.  Trees toppled ice-covered power lines.  The roads were slick and dangerous to drive on.

"I was actually working in 2002 and recall that it took five hours to get home after work when it normally takes 10 to 15 minutes," Lt. Keever said.

Deputies try to close off especially dangerous roads, like those on a slope.  That might not be possible because the storm is expected to be so widespread.  That's why he's urging people to stay off the roads if they can.

"Unless it's an emergency, it would make our job a lot easier if people would stay at home," Lt. Keever said.

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