Two storm-related deaths confirmed in McDowell County

RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper announced two more storm related deaths from Tropical Storm Michael were confirmed in McDowell County. A man and a woman died after their car hit a large tree that had fallen across a road in Marion. That brings the North Carolina death toll from Michael to three.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the loved ones and friends of those killed,” Gov. Cooper said. “We urge everyone to remain safe. While the storm has moved on, there is still much clean up and repair to be done.”

Michael also claimed the life of one man around 1 p.m. on Thursday when a tree fell on his car in Iredell County.

Local first responders report rescuing and evacuating nearly 100 people yesterday from flash floods in Guilford, Forsyth, Iredell, Henderson, Burke, McDowell and other counties. Thirty-one school systems have closed today, and 30 systems have delayed their openings. There were eight shelters opened for people who needed a safe place while Michael passed through our state.

n North Carolina are without power as of 1 pm Friday., with outages concentrated in the Piedmont Triad and counties. State transportation officials report 301 closed roads due to fallen trees or washouts caused by Michael.