North Carolina Mom and Infant Are First Fatalities of Hurricane Florence After Tree Falls on House
Hurricane Florence has claimed two lives since it made landfall in North Carolina on Friday morning, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
As a result of the storm's 90-mile-per-hour winds an 10-foot storm surges, a tree fell through the roof of a Wilmington, North Carolina, home with a family of three inside on Friday morning.
Two people, a mother and infant, were killed in the incident, officials with the Wilmington Police Department confirmed. The father was taken to the hospital with injuries.
About a third of the one-story brick house was destroyed in the crash.
The Wilmington Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.
According to NBC's Lester Holt, the father sustained severe injuries, and a trauma surgeon was sent to the scene in case an amputation was necessary.
The center of Hurricane Florence‘s eye made landfall around 7:15 a.m. EST Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coastline. The slow-moving storm, which was originally projected as a Category 4 hurricane, hit as Category 1 storm, CNN reported.
Florence is expected to linger over the Carolinas for another day, Today reported, dropping upwards of 40 inches of rain.
“This is an uninvited brute who just won't leave,” Gov. Roy Cooper told the outleton Friday. “We have a significant storm surge that's pressing against a big river with historic rains on top of that. That water has nowhere else to go… Even when the storm moves through, the rivers will continue to rise. We can't be complacent when the sun comes out because this rain is going to increase the levels of our rivers, some of them predicted to get to historic levels. We know there will be flooding in the weeks after the storm.”
Cooper went on to say that there are almost 20,000 people in 157 shelters across the state, and that 350,000 people have lost power. “We know that number is rising as we speak. And we know that people will be without power for days, and sometimes maybe for weeks.”
On Friday morning, more 60 people were forced to evacuate a hotel after part of the roof collapsed, CNN reported.