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Driver died after tree fell on vehicle

People cut away a tree that'll on a vehicle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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

The accident happened in Iredell County, north of Charlotte, where authorities have reported strong winds and numerous roads closed by flash flooding.

Kent Greene, the county's director of emergency management and fire services, said in an email that the man died Thursday after his car was struck by a tree on a highway east of Statesville.

Greene confirmed the death was storm-related. He wasn't able to immediately release the man's age or identity.

The sheriff's office has urged people to stay off the roads until the storm and its after-effects clear.

Meanwhile, the state is reporting nearly 220,000 power outages, with many in the Charlotte area.

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