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Hurricane Florence death toll increases; 1,500 remain in North Carolina shelters

BESTPIX Flooding Inundates South Carolina Nearly 2 Weeks After Hurricane Florence Struck
An antique car is inundated by floodwaters from the Waccamaw River caused by Hurricane Florence on Wednesday in Bucksport, S.C. Nearly two weeks after making landfall in North Carolina, river flooding continues after Florence in northeastern South Carolina.
(Sean Rayford /Getty Images)

The death toll from Hurricane Florence has increased again, nearly two weeks after the eye of the storm reached the Carolinas.

North Carolina Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Sonja Bennett-Bellamy said Thursday that an 85-year-old man from New Hanover County died Tuesday. The man contracted an infection in a wound he received while cleaning up storm debris on his property. The death toll now stands at 48 deaths in three states, 37 of them in North Carolina.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that motorists still need to be on alert for high water even as rivers recede and more roads open.

Cooper says 1,500 people still remain in shelters. More than 550 people have enrolled in a program to stay in hotels while longer-term housing is arranged.

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