1 dead in SC floods from hurricane as state begins recovery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says one person has died in floodwaters from the heavy rains in Hurricane Matthew.

Haley said Sunday that the victim was in a car and was swept away in Florence County. More details were not immediately available.

Otherwise, the governor says the state continues to recover. Officials say all the interstates are reopened and crews are trying to cut down trees blocking about 300 other roads and highways.

Haley says nearly 750,000 customers remain without power in the state, down from the peak of about 850,000.

Haley says she is lifting evacuation orders in Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston and Dorchester counties. She says it will be up to local officials to tell her when to allow coastal residents back into other counties.

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