WILMINGTON, NC – Five deaths are being attributed to Hurricane Florence, including a woman and her infant who died after a tree fell on their Wilmington home, according to authorities. The deaths are the first reported fatalities from the storm.
The infant's father also was injured and was taken to a nearby hospital, Wilmington police reported. The incident was reported about 1 p.m. Friday. The fatalities were confirmed at 2:45 p.m. local time.
In Pender County, officials said a woman who was having a heart attack died when emergency crews could not reach her because of downed trees that blocked the road. A front-end loader removed the trees, but the woman had died before emergency crews arrived.
Two people, both in their 70s, were killed in Lenoir County, one while trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, and the other when he went outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by wind, authorities said.
"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm," Cooper said in a statement.
WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington. A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father was transported to NHRMC with injuries. https://t.co/FC5PAhuxig
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 14, 2018
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A fallen tree is shown after it crashed through the home where a woman and her baby were killed in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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