Florence's death toll increases as water and flooding conditions worsen

Sep 16, 2018

At least 15 people have died in the wake of Florence across the Carolinas. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the fatalities in their state is at least 5 after a fatal collision Sunday in Kershaw County  at 7a.m.

State Troopers say a pick-up truck was traveling west on I-20 near the 106 mile marker when it traveled off the roadway, striking an overpass support beam. The driver died on scene. The Kershaw County Coroner’s office says the driver's name has not been released because all relatives have not yet been notified.Authorities say two people died Saturday night because of carbon monoxide poisoning from running a generator in Loris, South Carolina. 

Florence, now a tropical depression, will continue to impact people in the Carolinas for the next few days as the rain continues to swell rivers and creeks, causing flooding.  More than a million homes and businesses have lost power as the storm slowly moves to the west at three miles an hour.  Officials are warning residents not to run a generator inside their homes and to not to drive through standing water.  Those are two of the leading causes of death.