One dead after tractor-trailer overturns on NC bridge from high winds

(Image provided by The Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office)

(Image provided by The Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBIA, N.C. – One man has died after a tractor-trailer overturned in North Carolina on Saturday because of high winds from Tropical Storm Hermine.

The truck overturned at about 9:45 a.m. on the Lindsay C. Warren Bridge over Alligator River east of Columbia, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The driver of the tractor-trailer died in the incident. The victim’s name has not been released.

Highway patrol closed two bridges in Dare County due to wrecks, the US 64 Alligator River Bridge and the Virginia Dare Bridge. It remains uncertain how long they will remain closed. All ferry routes except Pamlico River and Southport-Fort Fisher are canceled for today.

The storm drenched the Carolinas Friday and early Saturday on its way toward the East Coast, knocking down trees and causing blackouts.

The hurricane center issued a flash flood watch for northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina through Saturday morning, and warned of dangerous storm surges for the Hampton Roads region in Virginia.