Gov. McCrory confirms 23rd, 24th Hurricane Matthew deaths in N.C.


TARBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Gov. Pat McCrory confirmed two additional deaths related to Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath while at a news conference in Tarboro Friday.

The two deaths were a 63-year-old man in Cumberland County and an 86-year-old man in Lenoir County, bringing the total number of Hurricane Matthew-related deaths to 24.

McCrory was in Tarboro while touring flood damaged areas of Edgecombe County, including Princeville.

The governor said the state has sent additional resources to Edgecombe County, including 50 National Guard troops and 25 high water vehicles. Edgecombe County currently has six shelters operating at full power and the American Red Cross and the Department of Social Services are on site in the shelters.

Meanwhile, the state of emergency declared by Edgecombe County officials remains in effect until further notice. The town of Princeville is still under a mandatory evacuation and has taken on a significant amount of water.

There are several road closings throughout Edgecombe County. Please refer to or call 511 for more information.

The county is operating a shelter at Tarboro High School and at Martin Millennium Academy.

The Edgecombe County EOC is helping to coordinate donations of goods for distribution throughout Edgecombe County.

The donation management site is located at 3006 Anaconda Road, Tarboro, NC.

All donations and volunteer efforts should be coordinated and directed through the Edgecombe County Emergency Operations Center at 252-824-0108.

In addition, the state has set up a website for monetary donations.

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