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NC's Death Toll From Hurricane Rises To 15; Plus, McCrory And Cooper Debate Tonight At 7 p.m.

Robeson County officials say another man has died in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Officials say the man was inside his car when flood waters washed away the vehicle. The man’s name has not been released. It brings the number of deaths in North Carolina blamed on Hurricane Matthew up to 15.

Meanwhile, rescue crews in helicopters and boats are combing through eastern North Carolina Tuesday looking for people stranded by the flooding. At least three rivers are expected to hit record levels, and some may not crest until Friday. Thousands of homes remain flooded, and Duke Energy says hundreds of thousands of North Carolina customers are still without power as of Tuesday afternoon.

In Midst Of Hurricane Rescue Efforts, A State Trooper-Involved Shooting
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says a state trooper shot and killed a man Monday night during a confrontation amid flood waters in hard-hit Lumberton, NC. McCrory says the trooper and two deputies encountered the man while going through high water in a Humvee around 8 p.m McCrory says he has very few details about what led to the shooting, only saying it happened in ”very difficult circumstances.” The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. The agency did not immediately respond to messages seeking more information.

2nd Gubernatorial Debate Is Tuesday Night At 7 p.m.
The two candidates for North Carolina governor will debate each other for the second time Tuesday night. The incumbent, Republican Governor Pat McCrory, and his Democratic challenger, State Attorney General Roy Cooper, will face off in an hour-long debate, moderated by NBC’s Chuck Todd.

The Associated Press notes it comes at time when many eastern North Carolina voters lack the electricity necessary to watch it. WFAE will be broadcasting the debate tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. Listen livehere.

More Clown Sightings, Threats In North And South Carolina
People dressed as clowns are continuing to terrorize parts of the Carolinas. One 20-year-old man wearing clown makeup was arrested in Indian Trail last night. WBTV reports deputies arrested him near a gas station. He was carrying a backpack with small quantities of marijuana and a hatchet.

Meanwhile in Spartanburg, South Carolina, deputies and school officials are investigating a threat on social media that a clown will attack two Spartanburg County schools with his clown friends on Halloween. A spokesman for the sheriff’s department says additional officers will be stationed at the schools as a precaution.