Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 11

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A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Officials raised the Hurricane Michael death toll on Thursday to 11 after five people were found dead in Virginia, the New York Times reported.

The newspaper said rescue teams are still in the early stages of combing the area and the death toll is expected to climb. 

CNN reports four people have died in Gadsden County, Florida, including a man who died after a tree fell on a home. Details regarding the other storm-related deaths were not immediately available.

A young girl was killed as Hurricane Michael rolled through Seminole County, Georgia. She was identified as 11-year-old Sarah Radney. Her cause of death has not been determined, but investigators suspect she died from massive blunt force trauma after winds whipped up a portable carport and dropped it on the roof of her home, hitting the girl in the head and killing her. 

A 38-year-old North Carolina man was killed when a tree fell on his car in Iredell County, the Washington Post reported, citing David Souther, the county’s fire marshall.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

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