Mother, infant die in Wilmington, N.C. after tree falls on their home


WILMINGTON, N.C. (NBC/WAVY) – A mother and her infant daughter were killed in Wilmington, N.C. Friday after a tree fell on their home, becoming the first fatalities caused by Hurricane Florence.

The father is hospitalized with injuries.

There are no details about the family’s situation. Officials believe they may have decided to ride out the storm at home.

“I’m just assuming that it was their home and they chose to stay. It was a large tree that fell on the house and unfortunately it had trapped the folks in there pretty severely,” said Deputy Chief Jon Mason with the Wilmington Fire Department.

Officials say the rescue effort Friday morning after Hurricane Florence made landfall was so intense that a FEMA Task Force assisted in the recovery of the victims.

Two additional storm-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina. One was in Pender County; the other in Lenoir County.

Authorities are reminding people to watch out for storm surge and downed power lines.

“This is a dangerous situation — still a very dangerous situation — because of the amount of rain that we’ve had as well as we’re gonna still be dealing with tropical force winds for the next several hours.,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

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