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Mother and infant among first Hurricane Florence victims

A woman and an infant have died after a tree fell on their home as Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina. The system has brought widespread flooding and winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour with it as more than half a million homes and businesses are left without power. Authorities are warning residents to seek higher ground as the structural integrity of most buildings is compromised. There have been further reports of the death of another woman after she suffered a heart attack and blocked roads prohibited paramedics from reaching her. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has warned residents in his state of the severity of Hurricane Florence as the storm continues to grow. Flights have been grounded at several airports and at least 200 residents have already been rescued. 68 trillion litres of rain is expected to fall over the next week in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

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