Florence, now a tropical storm, still poses ‘catastrophic’ flood threat — has killed at least 7

WILMINGTON, N.C. — At least seven 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. On Saturday officials confirmed two more deaths in Carteret County.
  • The storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. ET Friday. As of shortly before 11 p.m., Florence’s center moved into extreme eastern South Carolina and was about 15 miles west-northwest of Myrtle Beach and was moving west-southwest at around 5 mph.
  • There were more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina without power as of 10 a.m. ET in North Carolina and South Carolina, according to Duke Energy.
  • More than 300 people were rescued in New Bern, north of Wilmington.
  • 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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