At Least 35 Dead as a Result of Florence

A mother and infant in North Carolina are among the 13 dead from Hurricane Florence. A mother and infant in North Carolina are among the 13 dead from Hurricane Florence. |  Photo: WDIO-TV/File

Updated: September 18, 2018 05:37 PM

Authorities say the number of deaths tied to Florence has risen to at least 35, the bulk of them in North Carolina.

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- Several of the deaths involved drivers who became trapped in floodwaters or whose vehicles struck storm debris.

- A North Carolina mother and her 8-month-old were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house.

- A South Carolina couple died of carbon monoxide poisoning running a generator inside.

- A North Carolina man was electrocuted in the rain while trying to connect extension cords for a generator.

- A man's body was found after he went outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down.

- A person died in an apparent tornado near Richmond, Virginia.

- A student was struck by lightning at a Virginia middle school.

Death tolls often rise weeks after storm hits

It's not uncommon for death tolls to rise weeks after a natural disaster has hit.

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center raised the death toll to 129 - more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

It also took years for Hurricane Katrina's death toll to become fully known. That number is still debated today with figures used by different agencies varying by as much as 600 deaths.

President Donald Trump has questioned Puerto Rico's adjusted death toll from the devastating storm last year and said the number rose "like magic."

Disaster experts say realistic death tolls take time.

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