Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

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(AP)- Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence.

A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that state. The statement says a 46-year-old man in Brunswick County died when a tree he was cutting feel on him. Other deaths have been reported earlier in South Carolina and Virginia.

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Cooper, meanwhile, has praised efforts of first responders who evacuated people from rising floodwaters. His statement says that in g the past week, first responders and emergency teams have conducted nearly 5,000 rescues in storm-ravaged areas. That’s twice as many people as were saved after Hurricane Matthew.

About 56,000 homes and business remain without power as of Friday afternoon.