Death toll rises to 11 as Florence batters Carolinas

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This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States early Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP)  The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 11, including 10 in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. Authorities say some other fatalities were unrelated.

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   — A husband and wife died in a Fayetteville, North Carolina house fire on Friday, the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says.
   — A mother and her 8-month-old child were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house Friday, according to a tweet from Wilmington, North Carolina police.
   — An 81-year-old man died while trying to evacuate Wayne County, North Carolina, on Friday, the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says.
   —  A 78-year-old man was electrocuted in the rain while trying to connect extension cords for a generator, Lenoir County, North Carolina spokesman Bryan Hanks says.
   — A 77-year old man died after he went outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down, Hanks says..
   –Three people died in Duplin County, North Carolina because of “flash flooding and swift water on roadways,” the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.
   –A 61-year-old woman was killed late Friday when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree near the town of Union, South Carolina, Capt. Kelley Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

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 Authorities say the storm did not cause some other deaths that occurred during Florence in North Carolina: a woman who died of undetermined causes in a shelter, a woman who suffered a heart attack at home during the storm, and a couple whose apparent murder-suicide was investigated during hurricane conditions in Otway.

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