At least four people have died and hundreds have been left stranded in the United States after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina. A woman and baby died after a tree fell on their home in Wilmington and another died after trying to switch on a generator. Several more deaths are being investigated with emergency crews warning residents to seek higher ground. ‘Florence’ has officially been downgraded to a tropical storm with more than half-a-million people left without power. The region was hit with devastating flooding and strong winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, tearing apart buildings and bringing down trees. Flights have been grounded at several airports and at least 200 residents have already been rescued. Sixty-eight trillion litres of rain is expected to fall over the next week in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.