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Driver Dead In Iredell County After Tree Falls On Car

Authorities say a driver has died In Iredell County after a tree fell on his car as Michael's wind and rain lashed the state.

The accident happened in the 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 to the Associated Press 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 Department of Public Safety is reporting nearly 220,000 power outages, with many in the Charlotte area.