RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Florence has claimed the lives of 48 people in three states -- 37 of them in North Carolina.
State officials say an 85-year-old man died Tuesday in New Hanover County. He was clearing storm debris from his home when he received a cut and his wound became infected.
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Governor Roy Cooper says the majority of deaths related to the storm have involved vehicles getting caught in floodwaters, but deaths related to storm clean-up have been reported over the past few days.
State officials say homeowners should wear gloves and proper protective clothing while doing storm clean-up work and wash any cuts or scrapes thoroughly to prevent infection.
Governor Cooper says drivers should still be alert for high water even as rivers recede and more roads open.