Friday, 21 September, 2018

First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender County

Scenes from Hurricane Florence making landfall on the United States' east coast LIVE UPDATES** Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina Getty Chip Somodevilla Logan Cyrus AFP Alex Edelman AFP NOAA 14 Sep 2018
Kristen Harrington | 16 September, 2018, 19:15

These are the first confirmed fatalities from the Category 1 hurricane, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

The mother and her infant died of their injuries at the scene while the father was rushed to nearby New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

A third person, a woman, died in Hampstead, NC, in Pender County. As of 2 p.m. ET, Florence's sustained winds dropped to 75 miles per hour and it was slowly heading inland after wobbling along the coast, the National Hurricane Center said. Collins said they had to use a front loader to clear the roads, but a tree smashed through its windshield, according to The Associated Press.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home on SIlver Smith Circle, south of Kinston.

A 77-year-old man was found dead at 8 a.m. Friday by his family at his home on Middle Street in Kinston.

A 61-year-old woman from Florence, SC was killed when her auto hit a tree that had fallen across the highway near the town of Union.

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By 2 p.m. Saturday, the storm won't even be halfway across SC, forecasters say.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is giving another update on his state's response to Hurricane Florence.

"With having five kids and my husband's stuck at work on standby for his job at the hospital it was just easier for us to stay at our home where we have all of our things", she said.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

The Loudoun County Department of Emergency Management has activated its Emergency Operations Center as Hurricane Florence batters the Atlantic Coast.

Florence was one of two major storms on Friday. The death is under investigation. No other information was given. Another woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

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Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days". "An investigation into the death is underway, but it appears there is no reason for others at the shelter to worry".

Hurricane Florence pummeled North Carolina, making landfall Friday morning with storm surges and wind gusts before contributing to at least four deaths.

The weather event has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but forecasters still warn of life-threatening storm surges.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph).

As of 2 p.m., the storm was about 35 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, N.C., and about 35 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C. As the system continues its way through our neighbor to the south, its dropping inches of rain upon the Piedmont Triad. Flooding is expected throughout our area.

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