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N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

A least one other death in North Carolina is being blamed on a massive rainstorm that drenched the East Coast. A fifth victim likely drowned when his pickup veered off the road and into a raging river.

Jacksonville, N.C. picked up 12 inches in six hours. And back-to-back storms dropped 21 inches in Wilmington, N.C. since Sunday, the highest five-day total in nearly 140 years of records.

Amtrak says standing water and fallen limbs on tracks slowed several trains and some Northeast airports reported flight delays.

Baltimore Gas and Electric says approximately 40,000 of its Maryland customers have lost power.

Much of eastern Pennsylvania is under flood warnings. Storms there could bring as much as 6 inches of rain. Parts of Virginia have gotten at least 7 inches.