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Storm-related deaths in North Carolina up to 22

RALEIGH, N.C. — Twenty-two people in North Carolina have died from Hurricane Matthew-related flooding as of Thursday, according to Gov. Pat McCrory.

Gov. McCrory said during a Thursday afternoon press conference that the state had two more victims, one in Lenoir County and the other in Robeson County.

“I’d like to let the people of Princeville know that we will be with you and we will do everything we can to help rebuild your city,” said Governor McCrory, in a prepared statement. “We will also take steps to ensure that this type of disaster never happens again.”

After killing hundreds in Haiti, the powerful storm moved north and paralleled the US coast from Florida to the Carolinas. Perhaps its most significant impact in the United States, and certainly the greatest loss of life, occurred inland in North Carolina.

There have been more than 2,300 people rescued from flood waters thus far. Nearly 3,400 people are in 43 shelters, with most coming from Robeson County. There is also 1,083 National Guard still activated.

The 22 storm-related fatalities in North Carolina bring the official U.S. death toll to at least 32 — with more people waiting to be rescued.