The first deaths in the U.S. related to Hurricane Irene to be reported come from North Carolina.
"Emergency officials in Nash County said a man was crushed to death outside his home by a large limb blown down by the storm. Nash County Emergency Management Director Brian Brantley said the man was walking outside his home in a rural area of the county about 10:20 a.m. today when the limb struck him.
"An unidentified Onslow County man who was putting plywood over the windows of his home suffered a heart attack and died, said Ernie Seneca, spokesman for the N.C. Division of Emergency Management.
"Authorities say another man has been reported missing in the Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne."
The deaths underscore why authorities are strongly urging anyone in an area affected by Irene — even well inland, such as Nash County — to say inside.