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The Last one: 3.4 M chickens, 5,500 pigs, death in Florence flood

This combination of photos shows the Cape Fear River on Sept. 16, 2018, to the left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, in the wake of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N. C. (AP Photos/David Goldman)

WILMINGTON, N. C. – The Latest on Florence (all times are local):

9:45 pm

State officials in North Carolina say now 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 pigs were killed in the flood of Florence. The former hurricane flooded dozens of buildings of a farm where the animals were raised for the market.

Officials had previously estimated that about 1.7 million chickens had drowned, and that the potential number of hog deaths was unknown.

The N. C. Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals major flooding continues in the state as a result of the storm and the pouring rain.

Sixteen North Carolina rivers were at flood phase on Tuesday, with an additional three expected peak on Thursday.

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8:35 pm

Officials have determined that the two mental health of the patients who were drowned when a van they were riding in was swept away in South Carolina floods.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson tells The Associated Press that the 45-year-old Windy Wenton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green were being transported by a Horry County Sheriff’s Office between Nichols and Mullins on Tuesday night when the van was swept away by the rising water. Two delegates were rescued from the top of the van, and Horry County officials say they tried to get the women out.

Richardson says that the patients’ bodies were to be restored Wednesday morning.

Richardson says that the incident happened in the vicinity of the Little Pee Dee River, which is one of the bodies of water officials monitoring for intense flooding following Florence.

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11 hours

Authorities confirm two prisoners were drowned when a minibus was swept away in the rising floods in South Carolina.

Horry County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff’s office from the transfer of two inmates and two deputies from Conway to Darlington on Tuesday night, when it was overtaken by floods. Officials say the bus was traveling in the vicinity of the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in South Carolina are watching closely as the water continues to poor in the state from upstream in North Carolina after the heavy rains of Florence.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson confirmed to the AP earlier Tuesday that two women died in the incident. Their names have not been released.

Holden says the deputies tried to get the prisoners out, but could not open the doors. High-water rescue teams plucked the representatives of the top of the van.

The incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division.

Forecasters predict some rivers in the northeastern part of the state would not be able to reach their highest levels until later this week or next week.

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