Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

A mother and infant died after a tree fell on their home as Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, marking the first two deaths related to the storm. In the port city of Wilmington, residents awoke to the sound of power transformers blowing up, plunging homes into darkness as Hurricane Florence's howling winds whipped through the streets sending metal signs, water and debris flying. City spokeswoman Colleen Roberts tells WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been rescued.

"Into next week our rivers are going to continue to rise and there will be more significant flooding", Cooper said. "Our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger".

It is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

Life-threatening storm surge is being reported along the coast of the Carolinas.

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

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Though Hurricane Florence is weakening as time goes on, significant flooding has been reported and is expected to worsen throughout the day Friday, according to WPVI.

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Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

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