NC resident dies plugging in a generator, marking 4th storm-related death

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern North Carolina

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern North Carolina

13 people have now been confirmed dead as a result of Florence.

Police in Wilmington, North Carolina, tweeted that a mother and infant died when a tree fell on their house; the baby's father was injured. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

Soon afterwards, the administration of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said that a 78-year-old man died of electrocution as he was attempting to connect a power generator, while media reported that a 77-year-old man was killed after a gust of wind knocked him to the ground.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds as of Thursday, but dropped to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic".

She said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a group of private and public organizations which work together during emergencies, has been on "red alert". Additionally, three people have died in SC.

Kevin Knox and his family were rescued from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, whose team used a phone app to locate people in distress.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said. We've got a lot of debris, a lot of covered roads, covered with water.

The parts of the country still in the storm's path have been saturated by summer rains and can not soak up any surplus from Florence.

The storm was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm late Friday.

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By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said 455 people in all were rescued in the town of 30,000 residents without any serious injuries or deaths.

Onslow County spokesman Cornelius Jordan said some visitors at the Triangle Motor Inn were able to drive away on their own, but emergency personnel had to take others to a safe location.

There have been numerous calls for fallen trees, according to officials, however they are not aware of any others where people are trapped. It's since slowed down even more than it had been - moving west at just 2 miles per hour.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Several places already had more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) in just a few hours. Residents mostly heeded police commands to stay home and off the streets.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with storm-struck states and is ready to respond to any breaches, a spokeswoman, Maggie Sauerhage, said. In Belhaven, the rising Pungo River almost swallowed the first floor of a house.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown.

Emergency crews were stretched thin.

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