Virginia announces 1 death due to hurricane

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia officials are reporting one storm-related death after Hurricane Matthew. That brings the overall U.S. death toll from the storm to at least 21.

Officials in Virginia say the driver of a pickup truck was killed when the truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer stopped for a downed tree on Interstate 64 in Chesapeake on Saturday.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Dawn Brantley said Monday that the death was storm-related, but the person hasn’t been named. She says officials haven’t yet determined whether the death of a man found in standing water in Hampton is storm-related.

Dominion Virginia Power says nearly 100,000 customers in Virginia are in the dark Monday, most of them in southeastern Virginia.

Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Middlesex County have declared states of emergency.

The other deaths occurred in North Carolina, with 10; Florida, four; South Carolina, three; and Georgia, three.

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