At least 4 people have been killed as Hurricane Florence came ashore in North Carolina on Friday, bringing with it 90mph+ winds and deadly flooding.
Officials has confirmed these deaths, two of the fatalities being a mother and her infant child, killed when a tree blew over onto their home. The child’s father was transported a hospital with injuries. The accident occurred in New Hanover County.
A third person died from medical injuries, however officials did not specify the exact nature of the injuries. They were located in nearby Pender County.
A fourth person was killed while attempting to plug in a generator.
Officials say that the onslaught from Hurricane Florence could last many hours in North and South Carolina, as the hurricane has slowed to a 3mph creep across the state.
Some areas are expected to get 20-30 inches of rain. Around 9700 National Guard troops and support personnel have been deployed with vehicles able to cope with the rising flood waters to help anyone stuck in Hurricane Florence’s Path.