Florence makes landfall in N. Carolina

Hurricane Florence

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

Hurricane Florence continues to assault North and SC in the USA, with five persons reported dead on Friday night due to powerful, gusting winds and extremely heavy rain. 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.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords, while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

Firefighters and rescue crews pray in front of a home after removing a resident trapped inside during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious. On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

The town's public information officer, Colleen Roberts, told CNN that 150 more people were awaiting rescue and that citizens were going out in their boats to help.

New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones.

"The way our house sits, it's elevated".

More than 4,40,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.

Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

Florence plowed into the Carolinas and lumbered slowly inland on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leaving five people dead before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

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