Officials: Six killed in Virginia amid Tropical Storm Michael

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY/AP) — Six people were killed Thursday night in Virginia amid Tropical Storm Michael, Virginia State Police say.

State police said two of the deaths were confirmed drownings.

A man drowned in Charlotte County after he was swept away by floodwaters. 

Troopers were called to assist the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday after a vehicle with the man, his mother and his teenage son got stranded in high water on a bridge. 

Deputies were able to pull the teen to safety, but the man and his mother were carried away by the rushing water. The man’s body was found Friday morning. He has been identified as 36-year-old Ronnie Allen, Jr. of Eureka.

On Saturday, a volunteer K-9 rescue team recovered the remains of his mother, identified as 62-year-old Ruby Allen of Eureka. State police say Allen’s body was found approximately one mile from where the vehicle became stranded. 

In Pittsylvania County, state police were called to help find 45-year-old James E. King Jr. who was swept away from his vehicle after it got caught in a flash flood. King’s body was found downstream seven hours after he went missing.

A firefighter was killed after a tractor-trailer hit a fire engine on Interstate 295 in Hanover County. 

Two other deaths were confirmed in Danville, state police said.

The total deaths related to the storm in the country has reached 15: six in Virginia, five in Florida, three in North Carolina and one in Georgia. 

North Carolina authorities say a car smashed into a tree felled by Hurricane Michael, killing two people. 

McDowell County Emergency Management Director William Kehle says the accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Marion, located in mountainous McDowell County.

State emergency management spokesman Keith Acree said the 64-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The man died after being airlifted to a hospital. 

The third North Carolina death was a driver who was killed when a tree fell on his car.

Authorities in Gadsden County near Tallahassee, Florida say four people died from storm-related incidents. One of those deaths would be a man killed by a falling tree. 

An 11-year-old girl in Georgia died when Michael’s winds picked up a carport and dropped it through the roof of her grandparents’ home.

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