Mother, infant are first two confirmed deaths from Hurricane Florence

Paul Anthony Menchaca.         Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment. A woman in Pender County, North Carolina, died from a heart attack after calling emergency services, as paramedics could not reach her because of fallen trees.

Nearly two million people have been displaced by Florence (Pic: GETTY) "It wasn't safe". A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain while another man died when he was knocked down by high winds while checking on his dogs.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper gives an update about Hurricane Florence on September 14, 2018.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

4 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said that Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to move southwest at 5 miles per hour and has sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm at 7:15 am (1115 GMT) in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the Carolina coast for days.

Hurricane Florence is moving at a speed of 6mph, and as of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) update at 5am AST (10am BST), was located 10 miles east of Wilmington.

The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas. Calls for help kept coming in as the wind picked up and the tide arrived, said city public information officer Colleen Roberts. "These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".

The downtown area of the city of 30,000 people was underwater and around 150 people were waiting to be rescued, city authorities said on Twitter. They ventured out in life jackets into waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree.

"We're seeing potential for flooding in counties that haven't seen flooding in recent years and we're looking at 500- to 1000-year rain and flood events here in North Carolina".

Hundreds of people in North Carolina have been rescued from rising water. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

"In an effort to proactively aid our customers, we are launching a community donation program, together with the Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation, in support of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to assist those impacted by Hurricane Florence", Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Jacksonville, Fla. -based Southeastern Grocers, said in a statement on Friday.

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