First death from Michael in NC reported after tree falls on vehicle

Hurricane Michael Florida

- At least 11 deaths have been blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in over 50 years.

The executive order mobilizes resources, helps Virginia mitigate damage, and streamlines the process used to provide assistance to other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. He says a firefighter also was killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into his fire truck while he was responding to a two-car crash in heavy storm conditions. They say his vehicle got caught in floodwaters in the 600 block of Sandy Creek Road around 3:30 p.m.

By late Thursday, authorities in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina attributed at least six deaths to the once-in-a-generation storm, but officials anxious that still more victims would be found in its wake, The Washington Post reported.

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The impact of Tropical Storm Michael continues in North Carolina, with one death in Iredell County, 490,000 people without power Friday morning, ongoing flooding and more than a dozen school districts closed. The Highway Patrol called it a freak accident and says the man was killed on the spot.

North Carolina authorities say a driver has died after a tree fell on his auto as Michael's wind and rain lashed the state.

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