Terminally ill woman dies during power outage in winter storm

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Another life has been claimed in North Carolina after the winter storm brought snow, freezing rain, and ice across the state.

In a morning press conference Monday, Governor Roy Cooper confirmed a woman living at home, on hospice care, died Sunday in Haywood County as the storm struck the state.

“North Carolina has gotten through the worst of the storm, but we need to stay vigilant,” Governor Cooper stated. “Unfortunately, the snow has turned into a nightmare and a tragedy for some, claiming three lives. We mourn them and offer our deepest sympathies to their loved ones.”

The Governor’s office says the terminally ill woman died when her oxygen concentrator stopped working after a power outage.

This is the third death caused by the storm.

A man died Sunday in Matthews when a tree fell on his car. In Yadkin County, a person died from a heart related condition while on the way to a shelter.

A fourth death is under investigation. It's unclear if that death is related to the storm.

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