Florence, now a tropical storm, still poses ‘catastrophic’ flood threat — has killed at least 5

WILMINGTON, N.C. — At least five people were killed after Hurricane Florence crashed ashore on North Carolina’s coast Friday morning, ripping apart roofs with extreme winds, threatening massive storm surges and requiring dozens of water rescues.

  • A mother and her 8-month-old child died in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home, police said. Another woman died in Pender County after suffering a medical condition, and two deaths occurred in Lenoir County.
  • The storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. ET Friday. As of 5 p.m., Florence was about 50 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 25 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and moving west at around 3 mph.
  • There were more than 686,000 power outages as of Friday afternoon in North Carolina, according to the state department of public safety. More than 66,000 customers in South Carolina were also in the dark.
  • New Bern, north of Wilmington, had about 150 calls for people requiring rescue Friday.
  • About 20,000 people in North Carolina sought refuge in more than 150 shelters, officials said. In South Carolina, there were more than 6,000 people in shelters Friday afternoon.

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