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Hurricane Florence death toll: How many people have been killed?

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Sandra Phillips | 17 September, 2018, 00:01

At least four people have died, and authorities fear the toll will go higher as the tropical storm crawls westward Saturday across SC.

It has now been downgraded to a tropical storm but continues to wreak havoc as heavy rain is flooding several areas in the south-west and winds continue to pull infrastructure apart.

Hurricane Florence officially made landfall this morning at 7:15 am ET in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

The National Hurricane Center said in a bulletin that Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained wind speeds having decreased to near 70 miles per hour.

Wilmington Police confirmed that a mother and her infant died when a tree fell on their home.

"WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington. Two people in Wilmington were killed when a tree fell on their home". The father is in the hospital being treated for injuries. The streets were mostly deserted and some were blocked by fallen trees. The city of Jacksonville, N.C., evacuated the residents and got them to safety.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

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Tornadoes are also a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC". Forecasters say it could become a depression by Saturday night.

These victims of the hurricane were staying at a hotel that took severe storm damage from Florence.

Storm surge could be as high as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina, prompting officials to closely watch the rise of rivers in the eastern part of the state. "The house is shaking back and forth much more violently than when the eyewall came through".

"The storm surge alone has overwhelmed the city of New Bern", Cooper said.

The White House says President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina and that will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. That number was down to 40 later in the day. Dumping rain over the same areas all weekend long.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown. "Plant procedures call for the reactors to be shut down before the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds", agency spokesman Joey Ledford told CNN. Trump has said, without evidence, that death total is not accurate.

"Seeing them get out of the vehicle and seeing their emotions was heartbreaking", he said.

Nearly 20 inches of rain has already fallen. "And then even after it's gone, back behind it in its wake there's going to be risky flooding". With Florence, "we're looking at the same amount of rainfall in three days".

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