Ian’s Lethal Strength Stretches Into N.C. – At Least 4 Dead

Remnants of Hurricane Ian, which on Wednesday first made U.S. landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, was still powerful enough Saturday as in moved into  North Carolina to result in at least four fatalities in the state.

  • The death toll in Florida alone as been reported as high as 77.
  • In North Carolina’s Johnston County, outside of Raleigh, a man was found dead early Saturday morning after he went to check on a generator running in his garage overnight, with carbon monoxide poisoning suspected, police authorities said.
  • Also in Johnston County, two young adults died in traffic collisions during stormy and wet conditions Friday, said the office of Gov. Roy Cooper.
  • In eastern North Carolina’s Martin County, a 22-year-old man drowned as a result of  his truck leaving the road and becoming submerged in a flooded swamp.
  • Nearly 73,000 people across the state were without power Saturday evening, according to an outage map.