WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a mother and an infant were killed after a tree fell on a house on Mercer Avenue. The department says they are the first two deaths from Hurricane Florence in the Port City.
Earlier, the Wilmington Fire Department said it had taken one one person to New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a tree fell on the home around 11 a.m. WPD now says that was the child’s father.
WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington. A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father was transported to NHRMC with injuries. https://t.co/FC5PAhuxig
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 14, 2018
WWAY’s Andrew James was at the scene and described the firefighters as “shaken up” by what they saw.
In Pender County emergency officials have also reported a death. They say a woman in Hampstead died after suffering a heart attack this morning and emergency crews could not reach her because of fallen trees.