Twenty people in North Carolina have been killed by floodwaters and tens of thousands remained without power after Hurricane Matthew swamped the state with record rains, the governor said Wednesday.
Another death was confirmed Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Pat McCrory said, telling reporters: "I cannot emphasize enough to stay away from the water. It will kill you."
Matthew has been blamed for at least 39 deaths across five Southeastern states since churning up the Florida coast Friday.
Another person was killed in a confrontation with a state trooper in Lumberton, N.C., where emergency crews spent Monday rescuing residents stranded by floodwaters. McCrory said the trooper was traveling in a Humvee when the man drew a weapon on the trooper, and the trooper shot him.
A Department of Safety statement said the man who was shot had taken out a handgun and was acting "hostile" toward deputies. The incident, which McCrory said happened in "very difficult circumstances," is under investigation.