Eight Storm-Related Deaths

More than 100 people have been rescued Friday by swift water rescue and Helo-aquatic rescue teams in three Eastern Carolina counties.

The state Division of Emergency Management says those teams have pulled numerous people from vehicles and homes since early Friday morning in Bertie, Beaufort and Hertford counties.

So far there have been eight storm-related deaths reported. All of those have been vehicle crashes. Five family members died after their vehicle hydroplaned Thursday and overturned in a canal ditch along U.S. 64 in Washington County. One death was reported in Pamlico County Thursday and two more were reported in Dare County Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued two stranded motorists, and helped in a third Friday morning in Hertford County.

The Coast Guard says a rescue helicopter crew from Elizabeth City safely hoisted a man off the back of his submerged pick-up truck outside of Ahoskie. Several minutes later the helicopter hoisted a second man from the water. The helicopter then landed on a nearby road and transferred the man to an ambulance.

In the third rescue, a woman motorist's car washed off Highway 561 and into a forest. Because of the thick trees, the helicopter could not assist the woman who was heard calling for help. The Northampton County Swift Water Response Unit eventually helped that stranded woman.

Governor Beverly Perdue has declared a state of emergency because of the flooding.

Emergency management says ground access to Bertie County is extremely limited with many areas completely surrounded by water. Shelters have been opened in Beaufort, Craven, Duplin, Hertford, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow and Pender counties.

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  • by Jamie Location: Wahsington on Oct 4, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    WITN: Can you please let us know if the other twin later died at the hospital! Above it said five died in crash. Please let us know, if he did make it where can i donate money too for him!! thank you!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Sam seems anxious to head to the store. Maybe he can drag his sorry self out to get them some water while he's at it.
  • by B Location: NC on Oct 3, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    Stay in doors and learn how to prepare for things of this nature BEFORE it occurs.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    Someone really need to drag someone like Sam out in the middle of on of those bridges and let him stay there until he is able to get a reality check.
  • by Marcy on Oct 2, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    My family is in Windsor and are unable to get out. They are in need of fresh water and ice. Are there any services out there to assist them?
  • by Michele Location: Washington on Oct 1, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    Sam.....hopefully you are joking or you need a life..there are folks who have lost love ones, and their homes and valuables have been destroyed and YOU are worried about beer....people like my husband risk their lives to save people like you who need to go on a beer run....
  • by sam Location: hertfrod county on Oct 1, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    I hope the state of emergency doesn't last long, I need some beer!!

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