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15 September 2018, 08:16 | Erica Roy
Wilmington, North Carolina police said the mother and her infant were killed after a tree fell on their house.
To the south, storm surge pushed water levels at Johnny Mercer Pier at Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. with 90 miles per hour winds, to more than 8.5 feet.
The Wilmington Police Department said that the mother and her infant were killed on September 14, when the tree fell on their house; the infant's father was rushed to the hospital with injuries.
Horry County officials told The Sun News that emergency personnel are still responding to calls and never stopped.
"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", Cooper said.
Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Wright is far from the only resident in the Carolinas that chose to weather Hurricane Florence, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, though many who chose to stay are starting to reconsider their decision of sticking around for what North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called a "1,000-year event". The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the United States electrical grid.
It may be hard to believe.but there's MUCH more rain to come.
Mike Seidel was shooting a live segment in Wilmington, North Carolina for the Weather Channel. "Catastrophic flooding, long term major river flooding, life-threatening storm surge, and wind damage are occurring or imminent".
"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", Ballance said.
The town of Oriental, North Carolina, got more than 18 inches of rain in just a few hours, while Surf City had 14 inches. The figure for SC was 170,000.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am.
And while Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon, meteorologists predict heavy rain - up to 2 feet of rain when all is said and done - will continue into the weekend.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.
"I had a lot of fear initially but I'm glad to be inside and safe", said Zelda Allen, 74, a retired tax accountant from Hampstead, North Carolina, who was riding out the storm at Wilmington's Hotel Ballast with her husband.
"We've had people in attics, on top of roofs", she said. About 400 people have been rescued.
The US National Weather Service has released a flash flood warning as authorities were scrambling to reach almost 150 people now stranded.
More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centers were moved out of the storm's path.
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Hurricane Florence Hits Near Wrightsville Beach
In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken. That deluge will lead to " catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged, significant river flooding", according to the NHC.