Hurricane Florence death toll: How many people have been killed?

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Since barreling into North Carolina on Friday morning with gusts of up to 112 miles per hour, Hurricane Florence has already submerged homes, left almost 700,000 households without power, and killed at least five people.

Police in Wilmington say a mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their house.

The hospital said it has received three injured patients.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

Peggy Perry, who was rescued by another group in New Bern, said rising water forced her into the upper level of her home.

So far, no Kenyan has been reported dead in the aftermath of the hurricane that made landfall on Friday morning.

Florence acquired a Category 4 major hurricane status with estimated maximum sustained winds of 215km/h on 4 September. As of 5pm this evening, Florence has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm with sustained winds at 70 miles per hour.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge inundated the town of 30,000, overwhelming the entire area.

Hundreds of people in North Carolina have been rescued from rising water. "These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

Craven County, where New Bern is located, had logged more than 100 service calls from residents trapped on their roofs or in their cars, county spokeswoman Amber Parker said. They ventured out in life jackets into the waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree.

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Two people died in Wilmington after a tree fell on their house, the city's police department said.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. His mom remembers Hurricane Hazel, when the water did not rise as high as his fifth step, where it was Thursday night.

Satellites will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Florence from space to make more accurate predictions about where it's heading next.

The city awoke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts of wind throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

More than 400 people had to be rescued from their homes or vehicles and some 20,000 were taking refuge in shelters across North and SC and Virginia.

The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

Mr Trump plans to visit the region next week. Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

Hurricane Florence officially made landfall this morning at 7:15 am ET in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Significant weakening is expected over the weekend, though this will not decrease the risk of catastrophic flooding. About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

On the other side of the world, Super Typhoon Mangkhut has touched down in the Philippines, with the world waiting news on the damage caused.

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