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At least 6 killed in southeastern NC due to Hurricane Florence

At least 6 killed in southeastern NC due to Hurricane Florence

These types of slow-moving storms - like Hurricane Harvey - can be particularly risky because of the rain and flooding they can bring. They have first confirmed fatalities related to the storm, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

Wilmington, North Carolina, recorded wind gusts as high as 105 miles per hour, where a mother and her 8-month-old infant were confirmed dead after being crushed when a tree fell onto the house they were in, according to ABC News.

Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The sheriff said all three victims were in cars that were swept away.

In the town of Hampstead, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest Friday morning found their path blocked by downed trees.

At least four people, including a mother and her infant, have died in North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence slowly moves through the Carolinas, officials said Friday.

Its storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3½ feet of rain were considered a bigger threat than its winds, which had dropped off from an alarming 140 miles per hour - Category 4 - earlier in the week.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Durham Herald-Sun around 5am that about 200 people had been rescued so far.

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. "We are stuck in the attic".




New Bern resident George Zaytoun chose not to evacuate and is trapped inside his home.

"I think we kind of let our guards down", he said of his community's response to the storm's being downgraded to Category 2 from 4.

The hurricane came ashore early Friday, pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds.

Tropical Storm Isaac became Tropical Depression Isaac Friday morning.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said. Only one North Carolina is expected to more than 1 meter of rain.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

"We've rescued over 100 people in New Bern, NC; people from Jacksonville, NC, had to be rescued from a hotel", Cooper said, describing efforts to save residents north of Wilmington, where high floods have already hit.

Yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night.