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Authorities in North Carolina are reporting two more weather-related deaths.
The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page on Saturday that two people died due to “flash flooding and swift water on roadways.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The deaths bring the death toll from Florence, which came ashore on Friday as a hurricane, to at least seven. All but one of those deaths occurred in North Carolina. One victim died in South Carolina.
The AP further reports:
A mandatory evacuation order has been put in place for anyone who lives within a mile of the banks of North Carolina’s Cape Fear River and Little River.
Officials from Cumberland County, Fayetteville and the town of Wade issued the order early Saturday afternoon, saying residents there face “imminent danger” from flood waters expected to arrive in the area soon.
Residents are being asked to leave immediately. Officials said flood waters from other areas are accumulating north of the county and filling the river basins beyond their capacities. They asked that the evacuation begin immediately and that everyone within the evacuation areas get out by 3 p.m. Sunday.
Seven emergency shelters are open in the county.
CBC News reports:
The seven deaths linked to the storm include:
- A mother and her eight-month-old baby on Friday, when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment.
- A 77-year-old man who was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, authorities in Lenoir County in North Carolina said.
- A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords to a generator in the rain, according to the North Carolina governor’s office.
- Two unidentified people who died due to “flash flooding and swift water on roadways,” according to the Duplin County, N.C., sheriff’s office.
- A 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway near Union, S.C., state officials said.
BREAKING: Officials say 2 more people have died in North Carolina as a result of Florence, bringing death toll to at least 7
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 15, 2018
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) September 15, 2018
Death toll from tropical storm Florence rises to at least 7, with 6 deaths in North Carolina and 1 in South Carolina, after 2 people killed in Duplin County, N.C., by flash flooding. Background: https://t.co/EwYJNfOORN
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) September 15, 2018
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