Rescue operations began as daylight broke over the North Carolina coast Friday morning, while Hurricane Florence continued to pound the area with wind and rain.
Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, South Carolina on September 12, 2018. "Two people in Wilmington were killed when a tree fell on their home", Cooper said.
Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the electricity went out. "People don't need to come back and make things more crowded and more hard to ensure safety".
Roberts says they're hearing from New Bern residents who were evacuated to an emergency shelter in Sandford earlier this week. Firefighters used heavy lifting, air bags and saws in what was an emotional rescue.
The photo shows just how huge Florence looks, with its wind field stretching for hundreds of miles.
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.
Gibson said Friday that while she and her family were safe, she and her husband had gotten around 75 calls and texts from others asking for help.
Both deaths were reported to the State Medical Examiner's Office by the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend. A woman was driving along State Highway 18 in Union County and crashed into a tree that had been knocked down by the storm's winds.
Two more deaths in the state have been attributed to Florence, including a person killed while plugging in a generator and a woman who suffered a heart attack.
Forecasters are predicting that the storm will continue to weaken but still dump potentially record-breaking amounts of rain as it moves slowly inland.
"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", said Peggy Perry, who along with three relatives, was trapped early Friday in her New Bern home.
An 81-year-old man fell and struck his head while packing to evacuate Wayne County, NC on Friday, according to a release from the NC State Emergency Response team.
Rescue workers in North Carolina meanwhile were scrambling to save people stranded in their homes. Power outages exacerbated traffic woes, with stoplights across the county left dead Friday.
Rainfall will be one of the most destructive elements of hurricane Florence, with heavy rain triggering risky flash floods and potential landslides.
Florence is projected to migrate at barely more than a walking pace across northern SC, passing close to the city of Florence - truly - on Saturday.
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