- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on severe weather and high winds across North Carolina and South Carolina (all times local):

7 a.m.

A woman has died after authorities say high winds toppled a tree, causing it to fall onto her South Carolina home.

Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder tells local media outlets that two people were trapped in the home when the tree fell Thursday afternoon.

Coroner Karla Deese says 66-year-old Colleen Burgess was in the bedroom of her home when heavy winds took down a large tree in her backyard, sending it into the roof.

Burgess’ husband was able to get out.

In the town of Latta, South Carolina, authorities say a boy was injured when a tree fell on his home. Officials didn’t immediately say if that incident was wind-related.

Wind advisories were in effect across much of North and South Carolina, with forecasters warning of possible gusts of up to 40 mph Friday.


6 a.m.

Much of the Carolinas remains under a wind advisory a day after strong storms moved through the area.

The National Weather Service says gusts of up to 40 mph are possible Friday across most of North and South Carolina. Sustained winds could be as high as 25 mph.

A gale warning is in effect off the North Carolina coast, with possible seas of up to 11 feet.

An initial round of storms across the Southeast produced one large tornado and reports of more than a half-dozen smaller twisters. Trees were toppled and power lines were brought down in Georgia, while heavy rains drenched areas of Alabama and South Carolina.

An earlier round of storms on Sunday and Monday killed five people.

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