Governor Cooper requests federal disaster aid for McDowell County after Hurricane Michael

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MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS-TV) - Governor Cooper requested federal disaster assistance for 21 North Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Michael in a letter to President Donald Trump.

“Tropical Storm Michael inflicted major damage to North Carolina at a time when it was already devastated by Hurricane Florence,” said Governor Cooper. “Many people are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Michael and we want to get them the help they deserve.”

Michael passed through North Carolina as a tropical storm back in October. The storm is blamed on four deaths, including 2 in McDowell County. A couple was killed when their vehicle was crushed by a tree on Toms Creek Road just north of Marion.

Preliminary damage assessments conducted by the state and county governments found damages in excess of $22 million.

The 21 counties included in the request for federal help received between four and nine inches of rain during a 24-hour period. More than 100 people were rescued from flash flooding and eight temporary shelters opened. Power outages affected 860,000 homes and businesses at their peak.

The 21 counties included in the request are Alamance, Brunswick, Caswell, Chatham, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Granville, Hyde, Iredell, McDowell, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Vance, and Yadkin.

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