Mother and infant are first Hurricane Florence fatalities

4 Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas

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

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday, and forecasters said its size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

As rescuers battled strong winds and debris-filled floodwaters to pluck hundreds of stranded people from their homes, officials confirmed at least three deaths from the monster storm, while United States media reported a fourth.

Florence's rain will reach 40 inches in some parts of the Carolina coasts, and gusty winds will send the ocean and rivers spilling into neighborhoods, forecasters said.

Colleen Roberts, public information officer for the city of about 30,000 residents, told Fox News that 200 people had been rescued so far as the Category 1 storm battered the area with strong winds and a life-threatening surge.

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Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday that Florence is "wreaking havoc" and he's concerned "whole communities" could be wiped away.

And Hurricane Florence, though far from the fastest-windspeed storm in recent memory, remains a significant threat precisely due to the large surge and huge rainfall it's dumping on affected areas.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

There were reports of trees and branches down throughout the areas and thousands in Horry County experienced power outages.

Prior to Hurricane Florence's landfall, more than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate the coast.

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NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured some incredible images of the storm from the windows of the space station. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped some photos of his own to share on Twitter on Wednesday.

In New Bern, the picturesque riverfront town and birth place of Pepsi, where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet, incoming Mayor Sabrina Bengel said hundreds had been rescued after residents began calling before daybreak as waters rose to rooftops.

In southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern SC up to 40 inches of rain could fall, producing "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", said the NHC.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence. Some parts of New Bern could be flooded with a possible 9-foot storm surge as the Category 2 hurricane approaches the United States. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

A Weather Channel reporter looked to have played up the drama and severity of Hurricane Florence in a hilarious video that has been circulating on Twitter.

The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rainfall on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places.

"We aren't going to try to restore power for quite some time, probably", Outlaw, the mayor, said.

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The Kerala High Court asked the police to clarify if the bishop was questioned and what steps had been taken after the police questioning.

"WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington".

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