South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster confirmed there have been six deaths in the state attributed to Hurricane Florence. The latest fatality was Rhonda Hartley, 30, who died Sunday in a car crash due to floodwaters in Lexington County.
Universities around North Carolina closed and canceled classes last week ahead of Hurricane Florence. Florence was downgraded to a Tropical Depression Sunday, but many schools will remain closed out of caution.
In the latest forecast, Florence will continue to bring heavy rain across most of North Carolina and eastern South Carolina, while flash flood warnings will remain in effect through the evening in the Charlotte region.
Duke Energy said rains from Hurricane Florence caused a release of storm water at the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington. The company said some of that water “may have come into contact” with coal ash from a lined landfill at the site.