Death toll continues to rise in southeastern NC due to Hurricane Florence

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The death toll in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence continues to rise after three people were killed Saturday afternoon.

WITN is reporting the Duplin County Sheriff said two people were killed outside Kenansville and the third happened in Kornegay. The sheriff said all three victims were in cars that were swept away.

One person died at a shelter in Brunswick County Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for the county. Details surrounding the death are unclear, but officials said it appears there is no reason for others at the shelter to worry. The death is under investigation.

A mother and infant in North Carolina were killed when a tree fell on their home – the first two fatalities of Hurricane Florence. 

The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the two were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment. No other information was given.

According to Tom Collins, director of Pender County Emergency Management, a woman called 911 about a medical emergency at her home in Hampstead Friday morning.

Due to downed trees, emergency crews were unable to get to the woman before she passed away.

Collins added that EMS operations have been suspended, and a curfew will go into effect in Pender County at 7 p.m.

WITN is reporting two people were killed in Lenoir County. The media outlet said a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while he was trying to connect two extension cords in the rain. 

Another 78-year-old man was found dead at his home, according to WITN. It is believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs.

A 61-year-old woman from Florence, SC was killed when her car hit a tree that had fallen across the highway near the town of Union. The tree was about six feet above the road and the car’s roof hit the tree.

The hurricane came ashore early Friday, pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds.

Forecasters have been predicting catastrophic flash flooding. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way.

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