First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, infant killed by tree

Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. on Friday as a hurricane with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour - making it a Category 1 storm.

"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", City Hall said on Twitter. "The father was transported to (New Hanover Regional Medical Center) with injuries".

The powerful Category 1 storm is making its way south along the Carolina coast hours after making technical landfall early Friday morning. "A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house", police tweeted Friday afternoon.

WILMINGTON, N.C. -Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday that Florence is "wreaking havoc" and he's concerned "whole communities" could be wiped away.

Despite the threat from rising tides, Risty-Davis said her family would continue to stay put, noting her neighborhood's previous success in avoiding power outages and flooding. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

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"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico".

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia. Heavy rain has fallen in and around Oriental, North Carolina, where 20.37 inches of rainfall has been measured thus far.

Hurricane-force winds extended 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the center, and tropical storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometers).

A city spokeswoman for New Bern, NC, said more than 200 people were rescued from floodwaters Thursday night, and confirmed that 150 more were waiting to be rescued by Friday morning.

Amanda Tesch, a spokesperson for the Carteret County Emergency Services, said that earlier reports from her office that the death toll has been raised were never correct.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Tornadoes are also possible in the eastern North Carolina area according to the NHC, as wind and rain impact land.

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