North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says Hurricane Irma does not appear as dangerous to the state as predicted when it was out at sea, but citizens still need to be prepared.

Cooper held a press conference that was streamed live Monday morning in Raleigh.

“We are grateful that the brunt of the storm appears as though it will miss us,” Cooper said. “Things are looking better for us but we are not out of the woods yet.”

The state can expect rains and strong winds later Monday into Tuesday with possible tornado activity, Cooper said.

Western North Carolina could potentially get the worst of it. Heavy rains and gusty winds coupled with last year’s wildfires in the mountains could potentially cause landslides, Cooper said.

Central North Carolina could receive the most wind and rain near the South Carolina border, while eastern North Carolina will see wind and rain and minor coastal flooding, he said.

Although the initial impact to North Carolina has been downgraded, Mike Sprayberry, director of N.C. Emergency Management, said the state is still at level 1 activation that was initiated Sunday. Level 1 means the state has the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Corp of Engineers, volunteers and private sector partners on alert.

Cooper said the National Guard is ready to mobilize at staging areas in Charlotte, Greensboro and Asheville. The National Guard will also help at shelters, he said.

North Carolina has opened five shelters to help evacuees fleeing from the path of Irma, Cooper said.

Although the storm will not be as bad for North Carolina as first forecasted, Cooper said the state was not overreacting in its preparations.

“It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,” he said.

The state will also send resources to Florida if needed, Cooper said

“We stand ready to help them,” he said. “But we want to make sure any threat has passed our state before we let people go.”

Sprayberry said North Carolina has already had a chance to help with its resources. The state sent a C-130 to Key West, Fla. to evacuate a nursing home and fly the residents to Alabama and another plane was sent to the Virgin Islands to help, he said.

North Carolina’s swiftwater rescue teams and other resources are also back from helping with the recovery in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Sprayberry said.

“All our resources are back in the state and we are ready to respond,” he said.

With all of the attention on the current hurricanes, Cooper said he wanted to make sure the victims of Hurricane Matthew last October are not forgotten. The state is hoping Congress will act soon on funding efforts for mitigation and affordable housing in the wake of Matthew, he said.