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Irene death toll rises to 3; storm warning issued for Canada

August 27, 2011 | 12:00 pm

North Carolina coast

Three people have now died in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Irene, with the latest reported death that of a motorist who lost control of his vehicle, emergency management officials said Saturday.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning Saturday for parts of Canada, spanning from the U.S. border to Fort Lawrence and including the southern coast of Nova Scotia from Fort Lawrence to Porters Lake, said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Earlier Saturday, a man was killed when he was struck by a tree limb in Nash County and another man died of a heart attack while putting plywood over his windows in Onslow County, according to the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management.

The third death occurred in Pitt County when the motorist lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree, officials said.

Meanwhile, authorities were searching for a third man who either fell or jumped into the Cape Fear River on Friday as the storm moved in.


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Photo: A boarded-up restaurant is seen behind palm trees as they bend in the strong winds on the Outer Banks in Duck, N.C., on Saturday. Credit: Charles Dharapak/ Associated Press