UPDATE: Death toll rises to 11 after Hurricane Michael

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Virginia authorities are providing more details about the death of a firefighter who was responding to a crash north of Richmond as Michael lashed the state.

The Hanover County Fire-EMS Department says Fire Lt. Brad Clark died at the scene when a tractor-trailer struck his fire engine at the scene of a two-vehicle crash around 9 p.m. Thursday.

The department said that the fire engine had its lights and other emergency equipment activated, but roads were slick and the storm conditions were heavy.

The state medical examiner's office has ruled Clark's death among five storm-related fatalities in the state.

Authorities say two others in his crew were seriously injured.

The truck driver had to be extricated and also suffered serious injuries.

With four other deaths confirmed in Virginia, the overall official death toll from Hurricane Michael is up to 11.

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North Carolina authorities say a driver has died after a tree fell on his car as Michael's wind and rain lashed the state.

The accident happened in Iredell County, north of Charlotte, where authorities have reported strong winds and numerous roads closed by flash flooding.

Kent Greene, the county's director of emergency management and fire services, said in an email that the man died Thursday after his car was struck by a tree on a highway east of Statesville.

Greene confirmed the death was storm-related. He wasn't able to immediately release the man's age or identity.

The sheriff's office has urged people to stay off the roads until the storm and its after-effects clear.

Meanwhile, the state is reporting nearly 220,000 power outages, with many in the Charlotte area.

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An official with an emergency management agency says Tropical Storm Michael is responsible for a child's death in Georgia.

News outlets report Seminole County Emergency Management Agency Director Travis Brooks says someone called 911 as the storm passed through the area and reported the death. WMAZ-TV quotes Brooks as saying a tree fell onto a home Wednesday afternoon and killed an 11-year-old girl. Authorities have not released her identity.

Brooks says responding crews reached the home after nightfall due to downed power lines, poles and trees.

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A Florida Panhandle man was killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Michael tore through the state.

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower says they received a call around 6 p.m. Wednesday, saying a tree had crashed through the roof of the man's Greenboro home and trapped him.

Emergency crews were heading to the home, but downed power lines and blocked roads were making the trip difficult.

Officials hadn't immediately confirmed the man's name.



 
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