Hurricane Florence claimed the lives of a mother and her infant son when a tree crashed on the family’s North Carolina home Friday afternoon, police said.
The Category 1 storm, which throttled the Carolinas, caused a tree to collapse on the family’s Mercer Avenue home in Wilmington, local police posted on Twitter.
The father was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment, according to police.
As of 2 p.m., the hurricane was about 35 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, according to FOX News.
A third person died of a heart attack inside her Hampstead home as the storm rolled in, Pender County Emergency Management director Tom Collins told local station WWAY 3.
Emergency workers were unable to reach her because of a downed tree in the road.
A front loader was being used to clear the roads, but a tree went through its windshield, according to the report.
Crews have suspended operations as a result, according to the report.
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