NC Governor confirms 20 deaths following Matthew

Gov. Pat McCrory (file)
Gov. Pat McCrory (file)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory said the death toll in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew has risen to 20.

McCrory told a briefing in Lumberton on Wednesday that the latest death was reported in Lenoir County. He provided no additional details.

The death toll for the U.S. now stands at 36.

The governor was visiting one of the areas hit hard by flooding, but he called the residents in Robeson County “the most resilient citizens I have ever met.”

McCrory said people hoping to travel through the area should avoid Interstate 95 because a portion of the road is flooded, and he suggested finding alternate routes.
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