SHERIFF: Three people killed when vehicles swept away by flood waters

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The death toll here in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence now stands at 10 after three people were killed this afternoon in one Eastern Carolina County.

Duplin County Sherriff Blake Wallace says two of the deaths happened outside of Kenansville while the third happened in Kornegay. The people died in three different mishaps, according to the sheriff.

He said in all three cases the victims were in cars that got swept away. Sheriff Wallace says the recovery process for their bodies is ongoing.

On Friday, Lenoir County said two men died in different parts of the county because of the storm.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home on SIlver Smith Circle, south of Kinston. Authorities say he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

Family members discovered his body.

Also, a 78-year-old man's body was found around 8:00 a.m. at his home on Middle Street, which is in the Graingers community. They believe he died after going outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by the wind.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is investigating both deaths.

In Wilmington, a mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their home Friday morning, while in Pender County, a woman died from a heart attack after emergency crews were unable to reach her because of the storm.

An 81-year-old man in Wayne County who fell and struck his head while packing to evacuate on Sept. 14

A husband and wife died in a house fire in Cumberland County on Sept. 14.


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The death toll from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina stands at five on Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, the Carteret County Emergency Operations Center said that two people died in Carteret County. However, those deaths turned out not to be storm-related. Sheriff Asa Buck said his office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide.

On Friday, Lenoir County said two men died in different parts of the county because of the storm.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home on SIlver Smith Circle, south of Kinston. Authorities say he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

Family members discovered his body.

Also, a 78-year-old man's body was found around 8:00 a.m. at his home on Middle Street, which is in the Grainers community. They believe he died after going outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by the wind.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is investigating both deaths.

In Wilmington, a mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their home Friday morning, while in Pender County, a woman died from a heart attack after emergency crews were unable to reach her because of the storm.


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Two people have died so far because of Hurricane Florence here in Eastern Carolina.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home on SIlver Smith Circle, south of Kinston. Authorities say he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

Family members discovered his body.

Also, a 78-year-old man's body was found around 8:00 a.m. at his home on Middle Street, which is in the Grainers community. They believe he died after going outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by the wind.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is investigating both deaths.

Also, a mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington this morning.