Firefighters kneel, pray after mother and baby die from falling tree

Firefighters kneel, pray after mother and baby die from falling tree

"There's no power. It's a tough situation here". When they got to the home, the woman was dead, authorities said. "It's going to be months". Several places already had more than 40 centimetres of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 50 centimetres in just a few hours. That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said. The National Weather Service in Columbia says the storm should become a tropical depression by Saturday night. "We just want prayers from everyone". He said he had trimmed his own trees before the storm. The father was hospitalized with injuries.

"It's an emergency situation". He said it was a testament to the close calls around the city. "They need to (stay at the hospital)". "Be extremely careful and stay alert".

"The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender counties".

The declaration also provides assistance to local governments for cleanup efforts following the storm, including building repairs. He said the cause was not drowning and did not provide further details.

There have now been seven deaths in North Carlolina linked to Hurricane Florence. U.S. media later said a second man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

Tropical storm warnings remain in force close by and inland from the coasts of North Carolina and SC.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 2½ feet of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering".

But it still brought torrential rain. It said there will be "flooding miles and miles inland".

The NHC said Florence had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

The total extent of devastation from Florence, which has turned from a hurricane into a tropical storm, remains unknown as rain and flooding continue to wreak havoc in the Carolinas.

Florence's eye made landfall over the Wrightsville Beach water tower about 7:15 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Wilmington.

Florence acquired a Category 4 major hurricane status with estimated maximum sustained winds of 215km/h on 4 September.

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. While unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into southwest Virginia through early next week". It had crested parts of the downtown river walk by the evening hours.

"It's important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted", the network said, according to AJC.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to dump unsafe amounts of rain as it continues its slow slog across the Carolinas.

CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME Leaves, branches and other debris surround and cover a auto during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. September 14, 2018.