Florence-related death toll climbs to 9 in South Carolina

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Floodwater from Hurricane Florence threatens homes in Dillon, S.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(AP) — A ninth person has died in South Carolina because of Hurricane Florence.

The state public safety department said in a Twitter message Thursday evening that the body of an 81-year-old man was found in a pickup truck submerged in water in Dillon County.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said the pickup ran off state Highway 57, crashed and ended up in the water. Corner Donnie Grimsley said Friday morning that he’s still working to contact the victim’s family before he releases the name.

Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles.

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