Wayne County man dies after fall during Florence evacuation preparation, officials say

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A man’s death Friday in Wayne County is being linked to Hurricane Florence, officials said Saturday afternoon.

Wayne County had several flood warnings and tornado warnings on Friday as more than 10 inches of rain fell.

The Wayne County man, 81, fell and hit his head while packing to evacuate from the storm, state officials said Saturday.

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The latest death brings the North Carolina total to nine linked to the storm.

Here are other fatal incidents that have happened in North Carolina:

– A woman having a heart attack at the height of the storm died in Pender County when officials could not get to her Friday.

– 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 Lenoir County man’s body was found 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.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said all three were in cars that were swept away. The incidents were unrelated. One incident was on Bowdens Road outside of Kenansville. Another was on North Williams Road east of Kenansville near Sarecta. 

The third 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. 

A couple died in a house fire in Fayetteville Friday night, but officials are not sure if the blaze was in anyway linked to Hurricane Florence.

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