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Hurricane Florence claims 3 lives

Hurricane Florence claims 3 lives

The first storm-related deaths due to Hurricane Florence have been reported.

In Wilmington, North Carolina, a tree fell onto a house killing a mother and infant. The father was injured and has been taken to a nearby hospital.

A third person died in Pender County, according to Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins. The woman was at her home in Hampstead. She had a heart attack on Friday morning, but emergency crews were unable to get to her because of a downed tree in the road.

This storm is long-from-over, says a tweet from the National Weather Service just under a half hour ago. Those along the coast are still dealing with dangerous storm surge, and flash flooding. As the storm very slowly moves inland, the threat for dangerous flash flooding will follow it and be joined by swelling rivers in the coming days.

Storm surge flooding is occurring in Beaufort, and conditions were worse by a few inches during last night’s high tide.

There are record water levels at NOAA’s Wrightsville Beach, NC, tide gauge from #Florence. Around 11 a.m. today, levels reached 4.11 feet above high tide, breaking a record set by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 by more than a foot.

Hurricane Florence made landfall just before 7:30 Friday morning in Wrightsville Beach as a Category 1 storm.

The storm weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum 90 mph winds early in the morning.