Storms sweep over Southeast leaving 5 dead

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FORT MILL, S.C. (AP/WSAV) – At least five people died as a storm system rolled through the Southeast Wednesday night into Thursday night.

Authorities confirmed five storm-related fatalities, in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.

WCNC reports a driver died after a tree fell on a car in York County, South Carolina, located about three miles north of Fort Mill.

Officials say there were no other vehicles involved. The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

In Demopolis, Alabama, a woman died due to a tornado that rolled through overnight Wednesday. Thursday evening, the National Weather Service confirmed it was an EF-1 tornado.

CBS 42 reports Marengo County EMA Director Kevin McKinney identified the victim as Anita Rembert, a substitute teacher. Her husband, Curtis, was hurt and is recovering at the hospital.

Their daughter and two grandchildren were also in the home but were not injured.

Their mobile home was a total loss. A second mobile home was destroyed as well.

According to news outlets, in North Carolina’s Gaston County, the highway patrol said a driver was killed after his pickup truck hydroplaned in heavy rain, plunged down a 25-foot embankment and overturned in a creek.

Terry Roger Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene.

An unidentified man died and two others were injured Thursday when a car hydroplaned in Knoxville, Tennessee, and hit a truck, police said in a news release.

Also in Tennessee, 36-year-old teacher Brooke Sampson was killed and four people were injured when a rain-soaked tree fell on a van carrying Sevierville city employees, officials said.

The crash, though still under investigation, appeared to have been weather-related according to preliminary information, said Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller.

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