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A couple walks along the boardwalk as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Officials: 3 dead in North Carolina due to Florence


WILMINGTON, N.C. (WLOS) — North Carolina officials say three people have died due to Hurricane Florence.

The governor's office said authorities reported one person was killed in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator. Two people, a mother and an infant, were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on a home.

According to Wilmington, N.C. police, three people were inside the house when the tree fell around 9:30 a.m. Friday. The mother and child were killed and the father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a release. “Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days. Be extremely careful and stay alert.”

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina at around 7:45 a.m. Friday.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.

This story will be updated.

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