Hurricane Florence and its aftermath claimed 36 lives in North Carolina through Monday night, according to a state count. As flood waters receded, roads opened, power was restored and the state began its long recovery over the weekend, the toll climbed.
“Florence is gone but the storm’s devastation is still with us,” Gov. Roy Cooper said during a storm update Monday.
Nine people died in South Carolina and two in Virginia for a total of 47 in those three states.
Among the storm’s latest victims: An 82-year-old man in Beaufort County who died by suicide after his house was condemned because of flooding, a 51-year-old woman whose body was found in a vehicle under water in Robeson County and a 67-year-old man who fell and fractured his neck while cleaning up debris from the storm in Craven County, according to NC Emergency Management.
The confirmed deaths in North Carolina include three children — a 7-month-old in New Hanover County, a 3-month-old in Gaston County and a 1-year-old in Union County — as well as seven people in their 80s.
There has been at least one storm-related death in 20 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Eight people have died in rural Duplin County, which experienced record flooding from the Cape Fear River and several days without power.
After lashing the coast as a Category 2 hurricane for hours, slow-moving Florence made landfall on Sept. 14 near Wrightsville Beach as a Category 1 storm. The storm dumped record-setting rain across North and South Carolina for days after landfall, leading to swollen rivers and widespread flooding.
Many of the areas devastated by Florence were still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, which hit the state hard in October 2016. At least 28 people died in North Carolina as a result of Matthew and its flooding.
Deaths by county
New Hanover: 2