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3 killed in Duplin County from flash flooding and water on roads, officials say

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A sailboat is shoved up against a house and a collapsed garage Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, after heavy wind and rain from Florence, now a tropical storm, blew through New Bern, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Authorities in Duplin County said Saturday that three people died in the wake of Hurricane Florence because of flash flooding and water on roads.

As the county announced the deaths, the officials said a curfew would be in place for all of Duplin County.

“All citizens are advised that due to the potential hazards associated with the storm, emergency services may not be immediately available,” officials said in a news release.

Initially, Duplin County officials said two people died, but later reported three people died.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said all three victims were in cars that were swept away by flood waters.

The incidents were unrelated. One was on Bowdens Road outside of Kenansville. Another was on North Williams Road east of Kenansville near Sarecta. 

The third deadly incident was on N.C. 111 in Kornegay.

Two bodies have been recovered, and first responders are still in the process of recovering the third body. 

The curfew begins at 7 p.m. Saturday and lasts until 7 a.m. Sunday. The curfew could be extended for more days.

“Traffic will be allowed during the curfew hours for work, farm, or medical emergency purposes ONLY,” officials said.

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at seven Saturday, six in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. Authorities say some other fatalities were unrelated.

– A mother and her 8-month-old were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house Friday, according to a tweet from Wilmington, North Carolina police.

– 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.

– Another man’s body was found in Lenoir County after he went outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down, Hanks says.

– 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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