5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump stands by tweets questioning Puerto Rico death toll: "NO WAY" Trump pushes back on ex-lawyer putting out book, cites "attorney-client privilege" Wealthiest Republican supporter in OH quits party MORE plans to travel to areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week once conditions improve and his visit won't disrupt recovery efforts, the White House said Friday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has urged residents in the path of the storm to "stay in a sheltered place" as Florence will "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

A 68-year-old man was electrocuted at a residence on Silver Smith Circle Friday morning when he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain. It's believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs. Relatives found his body Friday afternoon.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported a fatal collision in Kershaw County on Sunday morning.

The hurricane, now downgraded to a tropical storm, was blamed by authorities for at least five deaths as of late Friday.

A 61-year-old woman from Florence, SC was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across the highway near the town of Union.

Duke Energy reported about 6,200 customers were without power in the Charlotte area by 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

How big is Hurricane Florence?
The National Weather Service said Florence "will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast". Hurricane Florence has gotten a little bit weaker but it remains a very large and unsafe storm.

Florence weakens to Category 1, but days of rain and wind underway
Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste. As of Friday afternoon Australian time, Florence was centred about 55 kilometres east of Wilmington, North Carolina .

Trinis in the Carolinas brace for Hurricane Florence
Forecasters said " catastrophic " freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas. Since issuing a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday, nearly all of the more than 2500 residents left the island.

-Three people died in Duplin County, North Carolina because of "flash flooding and swift water on roadways", the Duplin County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page. Residents mostly heeded police commands to stay home and off the streets. Rescue crews were able to pull the father out of the home and get him to an area hospital.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Amber Parker, spokesperson for Craven County, North Carolina, tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that officials are happy to have daylight on their side Friday. The couple died in a house fire in Cumberland County, N.C. on Friday. The National Weather Service said the floods likely will last for weeks. No other information is available.

Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida previous year, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks.

"Our hearts go out to the family of these victims". Details surrounding the death are unclear, but officials said it appears there is no reason for others at the shelter to worry.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, as the center of its eye moved onshore, the National Hurricane Center said.

The NHC predicted "catastrophic freshwater flooding" to hit "over portions of North and SC".

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