RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) - North Carolina officials announced Friday that one person has died in the state as a result of Hurricane Irma.
The death happened Tuesday in western North Carolina.
A Henderson County man succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning while using a generator, officials said. His home was without electricity as a result of severe weather.
The man's name has not yet been released.
"Kristin and I are saddened by this news and send our deepest sympathies to the victim's family and friends," Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news release.
Cooper reminded residents that generators come with important safety considerations.
"When the power goes out generators can be a lifesaver, but used without good ventilation generators can be deadly," Cooper said in the release. "If you have a generator, please make sure you operate it safely."