Hurricane Florence: Woman, baby die after tree falls on house

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in NC

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in NC

North Carolina's governor Roy Cooper said: "Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood".

In Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 on North Carolina's Atlantic coastline, along the Cape Fear River that is home to historic mansions, streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.

Officials in SC said Saturday that the first fatality was confirmed in that state.

A mother and her eight-month-old baby were killed Friday when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment. Police say a family of three was in a home on Mercer Avenue this morning around 9:30 when a tree fell into the property.

A man who was trapped inside his New Bern, North Carolina, home by Tropical Storm Florence spoke with Fox & Friends on Saturday.

Florence, which arrived on land as a category one hurricane, will be the first test of the Trump administration's response to a major natural disaster since Hurricane Maria pounded the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in 2017.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern to a hotel some almost 80 miles (130 km) away.

"It's a big task, because our main priority is protecting lives", Jon Ingram, the Brunswick County, North Carolina sheriff, said on Saturday during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet.

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore.

More than 100 people were rescued and up to 75 more were awaiting rescue on Saturday morning, according to a town official.

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The Cowboys rarely got going offensively as the Panthers defeated Dallas for only the third time in 12 regular-season meetings. Of the 48 pass completions of 20-plus yards, 19 came in that interval. "Not what I wanted, but we will get through that, too".

As the storm hovered around eight miles north of Myrtle Beach in SC, residents in the city of Conway, a few miles from the storm's eye, anxious that the Waccamaw river which surrounds the city would soon burst its banks. But the hurricane had slowed to a crawl as it traced the North Carolina-South Carolina shoreline, drenching coastal communities for hours on end.

Some towns have already had over 2ft (60cm) of rain, and forecasters warn that totals could hit 3.5ft (1m).

SC recorded its first death from the storm when officials said a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway.

Videos posted to social media show storm surges flooding into homes as they race inland.

New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.

Meanwhile, CBS affiliate WNCT reports that more than 60 people, including an infant and children, were rescued from a hotel in Jacksonville, N.C. after strong winds threatened the structural integrity of the building.

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said.

Hurricane Florence crashed into the Carolinas as a giant, slow-moving storm on Friday, threatening catastrophic flooding while leaving scores in need of rescue from rising waters and hundreds of thousands without power. But there were times she thought they wouldn't survive, she told CNN.

Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said.

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