WILMINGTON, N.C. – At least three people were killed as Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday.
NBC News report a mother and child died when a tree fell on them in Wilmington, North Carolina. Another woman reportedly died in Pender County after suffering from a “medical condition.”
The powerful storm hit the coast at about 7:15 a.m. on September 14, bringing floods and high winds with it.
Wind gusts at Wilmington International Airport reached 105 miles-per-hour, the highest gust recorded during a hurricane since 1985. Florence, now a Category 1 storm, continues to carry maximum wind speeds of 80 miles-per-hour.
Officials are most concerned with extensive flooding, with forecasters warning of “catastrophic” flooding due to the slow movement of the storm over land combined with heavy rainfall.