RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – There’s been a storm-related fatality in Pitt County.
That’s according to Governor McCrory. He made the announcement in a Sunday morning briefing on the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
“As blue skies return to North Carolina, our state is facing major destruction and sadly, loss of life,” Governor McCrory said. “This is still an extremely dangerous situation for North Carolina as major rivers are expected to flood in the coming days. As we know from the past, most loss of life often comes after the storm. Our National Guard troops, swift water rescue teams and helo-aquatic rescue teams are on the scene performing rescues as we speak.”
There have been six other storm-related fatalities in North Carolina related to vehicles attempting to pass flooded roads. Yesterday, one fatality was reported in Sampson County caused by a vehicle that hydroplaned and two in Bladen County due to a submerged vehicle. As of this morning, another fatality in Sampson County and two more in Johnston County were reported. One fatality was reported at a shelter in Wayne County due to a health-related issue.
Officials in Pitt County confirmed during a morning news conference that a female drowned when her car was submerged on the VOA Site C Rd. near Bell Arthur early Sunday morning.
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