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Four North Carolina deaths attributed to Tropical Storm Ian, one in ENC

Tropical Storm Ian on Monday, September 26, 2022.
Tropical Storm Ian on Monday, September 26, 2022.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said four deaths in North Carolina were attributed to Tropical Storm Ian, one in eastern North Carolina.

In Martin County, a 22-year-old man drowned when his truck left the roadway and submerged in a flooded swamp

In Johnston County, outside of Raleigh, a woman found her husband dead early Saturday morning after he went to check on a generator running in their garage overnight.

Officials said Carbon monoxide levels also were high inside the home, and the woman was checked out at a hospital.

Also in Johnston County, two young adults died in traffic collisions during stormy and wet conditions.

There were no initial reports of major structural damage, though at one point 330,000 people in North Carolina were without power.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to more than 1,400 calls for service and 784 crashes between midnight Friday and early Saturday morning, but not all were necessarily weather-related.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, all of the state roads in eastern North Carolina that were closed due to flooding or debris have been cleared. Those traveling farther afield today can check the NCDOT closure and construction map at https://drivenc.gov/?fbclid=IwAR3SAOWivson--Em0TTyXx5c2Nf_w-EMM2St4pOEZkUHXySrpOolte42pRg.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.