S.C.'s Irma death total climbs to 5, as man hurt in wreck succumbs to injuries

Hurricane Irma - A Cape Verde hurricane that formed south of the Cabo Verde Islands on August 30. The storm quickly became a major category 3 hurricane on August 31 as it slowly moved across the Atlantic. Irma became a Category 5 hurricane on September 5 and caused catastrophic damage on several Caribbean islands in the Lesser Antilles, and major damage to several other Caribbean islands. It made landfall in the US as a category 4 storm in the Florida Keys on September 10, with tropical storm force winds and storm surge hitting the Charleston area on September 11. (MGN)

Public safety officials in South Carolina say a fifth person has died from injuries suffered during Hurricane Irma.

Public Safety Department Capt. R.K. Hughes said in a news release Thursday that a man died ten days after he was injured in a wreck in Jasper County on Sept. 11.

Hughes said 87-year-old Richard Clarence Lading of Hilton Head Island was driving when his car ran into a tree that had fallen across U.S. 278 near Yemassee.

Two other people died in wrecks during the storm, one died in a tree-cutting accident, and another victim was poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator after losing power during the storm.

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