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Hurricane Irma blamed for man’s death in North Carolina

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Uprooted trees are seen here in neighborhood in Miami, Florida after Hurricane Irma slammed the region. (Lara-Carolina Fernandez/Al V zquez)

EDNEYVILLE, N.C. — Hurricane Irma is blamed for one death in North Carolina after a Henderson County man died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator to power his home during the storm.

WRAL reported that the incident took place on Tuesday and involved a man from Edneyville. His identity has not been released.

“Kristin and I are saddened by this news and send our deepest sympathies to the victim’s family and friends,” Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement.

The governor encouraged any North Carolinians using generators to be sure to follow all safety guidelines.

Irma caused catastrophic damage as a Category 5 hurricane and has been blamed for more than 40 deaths in the Caribbean and at least 39 in the United States.