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North and South Carolina flooding


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)  The rainstorm that's been drenching the East Coast is now blamed for six deaths.

The latest death reported was in western North Carolina, where the state Highway Patrol says a car crossed the center line on a rain-slickened road yesterday. In South Carolina, record flooding has closed a number of roads, including interstates.

South Carolina authorities say a woman was killed when her vehicle was swept into flood waters in Columbia.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the woman's body was found Sunday afternoon, about 12 hours after she disappeared in flood waters near downtown Columbia.

Officials in South Carolina have closed two major interstate bridges over the Broad River in the state capital of Columbia.

The Interstate 20 and Interstate 126 bridges over the Broad River were closed Sunday afternoon. Authorities did not know when they would be reopened.

Department of Transportation traffic counts show about 100,000 vehicles cross the I-20 bridge every day, and an additional 70,000 vehicles use the I-126 bridge.

The state Department of Transportation says at least 211 state roads and 43 bridges across South Carolina are closed due to record flooding in parts of the state.

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