First Deaths Reported From Hurricane Florence

Mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their home in North Carolina
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2018 2:53 PM CDT
Mother, Infant Among First Florence Deaths
A tree uprooted by strong winds lies across a street in Wilmington, N.C.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A mother and infant were killed Friday when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina, making them two of the first fatalities connected to Hurricane Florence, Fox News reports. In a tweet announcing the deaths, police also said that the father was taken to a hospital with injuries. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack, WRAL reports. The woman called 911, but responders were unable to reach her because of downed trees strewn across the road, per WWAY. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, more than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches are expected, the AP reports. (The storm is barely moving, which is bad news.)

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