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First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, baby killed by tree

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Cary Marshall | 15 September, 2018, 11:29

Originally rated as a category 4 storm, East Coasters began preparing for high winds and rain earlier this week.

This landfall has been a long time coming: The hurricane arrived more than two weeks after the National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory for the storm.

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins confirmed to WWAY that a woman was killed in Hempstead, Pender County after suffering a heart attack in her home.

The WXCHARTS map shows the deadly eye of the hurricane moving across North Carolina with wind gusts reaching 131km per hour until subsiding to 80km per hour on Sunday.

Wright is far from the only resident in the Carolinas that chose to weather Hurricane Florence, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, though many who chose to stay are starting to reconsider their decision of sticking around for what North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called a "1,000-year event". That number was down to 40 later in the day.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said. Expert scientists, however, had said they were anxious about Brunswick because of scant public information about its readiness.

Parts of the Carolinas are expected to see 20 to 30 inches of rain over the next seven days.

"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", he said.

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New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones.

He picked up 10 people on one run and took them to a shelter.

"It was pretty bad". Roberts says the storm surge continues to increase as Florence passes over the area.

As they waited for emergency workers, they heard neighbors calling for help.

"Cash donations go further and make a greater impact and easier to get to the harder hit areas", said Charvalla West, community resource center manager for the United Way of Williamsburg.

Eventually, a citizen rescue crew came with a boat.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane-like conditions are expected to arrive in the areas covered by warnings by Thursday night or early Friday.

"I imagine the cost all depends on who is in the family", said York County spokeswoman Gail Whitaker. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

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