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15 September 2018, 08:16 | Erica Roy
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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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With Florence expected to be farther north at landfall, we will have no impacts from this storm locally other than large waves. Many areas in the low-lying city flood with routine rain storms, causing street closures and detours.
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More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire. A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at almost 170km/h, the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.
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In a statement Friday, Columbia Gas said crew members are working to restore power with the help of other utility companies. All three towns were listed as areas where neighborhood lines would be replaced, the utility said on its website Thursday.
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Already hundreds of people have been evacuated from the area, while others are warned to take cover and prepare for the worst. It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.