Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department chief Albert O’Neal, in blue shirt, boats down Sunset Drive on his way to seek out islanders stranded in their flooded homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian Friday on Ocracoke Island, N.C. (Connie Leinbach / AP)

A second North Carolina man suffered a Hurricane Dorian-related death, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a a Saturday afternoon news conference.

A 67-year-old man fell off a ladder while preparing for the storm in Pamlico County, he said.


Cooper had previously announced the first storm-related death on Wednesday after an 85-year-old man in Columbus County fell from a ladder and died while getting ready for Dorian.

Search-and-rescue operations are still ongoing after Ocracoke Island was flooded. So far, the U.S. Coast Guard has flown seven air rescue missions to transport people there with medical conditions to safety.

Cooper’s office said emergency officials have transported fuel trucks, generators, food and water to Ocracoke, which is only accessible by boat or air.

Around 200 people in North Carolina were in shelters and around 57,000 were without electricity as of midday.

Dorian has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph as it travels northeast towards Nova Scotia at 30 mph.

Meanwhile, the death toll continues to rise in the Bahamas where Dorian wreaked havoc on the island nation for days as a Category 5. At least 43 people are confirmed dead and many more are missing.

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“We acknowledge that there are many missing and that the number of deaths is expected to significantly increase,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said. “This is one of the stark realities we are facing in this hour of darkness.”

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has rescued a total of 290 people in the Bahamas so far.

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