Five deaths in North Carolina have been linked to Hurricane Florence Friday, including a mother and baby who died in Wilmington.
Wilmington Police reported on Twitter that a tree fell on a house on Mercer Avenue, killing the pair around 9:30 a.m.
The father was pulled from the home and transported to a local hospital with injuries, police said.
Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed one of the deaths occurred in Lenoir County, when someone was plugging in a generator, according to a press release.
TV station WNCN said the 78-year-old victim and was “trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.”
The station reported the fourth death involved a 77-year-old man Kinston man who family members said died at 8 a.m.
Friday when he was “blown down by the wind” while checking on his dogs.
The storm made landfall in on Friday with a life-threatening storm surge pushing water inland for miles.
Pelting rains and screaming winds are destroying buildings in its path, while "catastrophic" flooding is expected in parts of the Carolinas.
More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm on Friday morning, and many more who defied evacuation orders are hoping to be rescued.
Pieces of buildings ripped apart by the storm flew through the air.
The powerful storm inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power.