Officials confirm at least 6 dead as Hurricane Florence continues to slam the Carolinas

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WILMINGTON, NC - SEPTEMBER 14: Police stand guard at the bridge leading to Wrightsville Beach, after Hurricane Florence hit the area, on September 14, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington as a category 1 storm…

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, Va. - UPDATE

According to WECT, officials have confirmed at least six deaths in southeastern North Carolina due to Florence. 

One person died at a shelter in Brunswick County Thursday morning, according to a county spokesperson. Details surrounding the death are unclear, but officials said it appears there is no reason for others at the shelter to worry. 

WITN is reporting two people were killed in Lenoir County. The media outlet said a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while he was trying to connect two extension cords in the rain. 

Another 78-year-old man was found dead at his home, according to WITN. It is believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs.


UPDATE

Two more deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina due to Florence. 

According to WECT, a woman died in Hampstead, N.C. and a man died in Lenoir County while trying to plug in a generator.  

According to Tom Collins, director of Pender County Emergency Management, the woman called 911 about a medical emergency at her home Friday morning.

Due to downed trees, emergency crews were unable to get to the woman before she passed away.

Collins added that EMS operations have been suspended, and a curfew will go into effect in Pender County at 7 p.m.


ORIGINAL STORY

The first deaths at the hands of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. have been reported, according to the Wilmington Police Department. 

Around 8:30 Friday morning, police responded to a call of a tree falling on a house. 

At 11:45 a.m., the police department confirmed the death of a mother and infant who were killed in the accident. 

Police say the father was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.