Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hurricane Florence kills mother and infant

Hurricane Florence kills mother and infant

A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house, WECT reported.

The father was also home, and he was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

At least four people were killed.

A third person, a woman, died in Hampstead, NC, in Pender County.

Forecasters warned of catastrophic flooding and other mayhem from the monster storm, which is only Category 1 but physically sprawling and risky.

More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centers were moved out of the storm's path. The agency is primarily warning residents about heavy storm surge and heavy rainfall.

The powerful Category 1 storm is making its way south along the Carolina coast hours after making technical landfall early Friday morning.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

As of 1 p.m. EDT, Florence is weakening as it moves farther inland over southeastern North Carolina. She was trapped in her truck surrounded by rising water Friday as her boyfriend and his cousin were stranded on a paddle boat less than a mile away. "But I think we're ready".

On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

Zaytoun now regrets his decision, he said. We have 2 out-of-state on the way to help us.

According to a study in June, hurricanes and typhoons, on average, appear to be slowing down in part because of human-caused climate change.

"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", he said.

A North Carolina TV station had to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage as floodwaters surrounded the building. "I made sure ahead of time that we had adequate space for anybody that wanted to try that".

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, delivered a message to his state this morning. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh.

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