UPDATED 10:02 AM PT – Sat. Sept. 22, 2018
In a statement Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper revealed a 46-year-old man was killed in Brunswick County by a falling tree.
The man was reportedly trying to cut the tree, to clear away debris when it fell on top of him.
That brings the total of people killed in the state to 32, with other fatalities being reported in neighboring South Carolina and Virginia.
Thousands of people still remain without power and in shelters across the southeast as flooding continues.
“There’s still about 8,200 people living in shelters, in 92 different shelters. And so right now we’re all about sheltering, feeding and providing comfort. But as the floodwaters start receding, we’ll be fanning out into the communities when people start returning to their homes, serving hot meals” -Gail McGovern, president and CEO of American Red Cross
Governor Cooper said he’s proud of his state’s emergency rescue response, which prevented further loss of life.
Authorities have conducted around 5,000 rescues so far which is double the amount from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.