Flooding from historic rainfall in South Carolina claimed two more lives on Wednesday, and the threat of further inundation from swollen rivers and vulnerable dams put already ravaged communities on edge. Emergency responders in Richland County, a hard-hit area in the central part of the state, recovered the bodies of two people missing after a truck driven around road barriers was caught in floodwater, said Lieutenant Curtis Wilson. The death toll from the widespread storm that dumped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of rain in parts of South Carolina is at least 17, including people who drowned or were killed in car crashes.
The US Coast Guard said Wednesday it will suspend its search for survivors of "El Faro," a cargo ship believed to have sunk in a storm in the Bahamas with 33 crew aboard. The El Faro, which went missing on Thursday, was en route from Florida to Puerto Rico with a cargo of trailers and automobiles when it was caught in Hurricane Joaquin near Crooked Island. "The Coast Guard is still continuing its search for the crew members of the 'El Faro.' However, we have decided we will suspend that search at sunset tonight," Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said at a press conference.
Volkswagen said on Wednesday it would take time to get to the bottom of its rigging of diesel emissions tests, hours before the carmaker is due to give updates on its findings to German regulators and U.S. lawmakers. More than two weeks after it admitted to cheating U.S. emissions tests, Europe's largest carmaker is under pressure to identify those responsible, to say how vehicles with illegal software will be fixed and whether it also cheated in Europe. "Nobody is served by speculation or vague, preliminary progress reports," Hans Dieter Poetsch told a news conference after being confirmed as the German company's new chairman.