Mom & 3-Month-Old Baby's Hurricane Florence Death Sparks Heated Debate

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Hurricane Florence, a Category 1 storm, has already claimed four lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to police.

The authorities confirmed that the first two were a mother and her infant, who died because of a tree falling in the storm. 

Although details are still unfolding, the police stated that a tree crashed into a home on Mercer Avenue, killing a mother and a 3-month child. The father is in the hospital being treated for injuries. 

Details regarding the victims are still rolling in. In an exclusive interview, WCNC reported that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said this: "Our hearts go out to the family of these victims. Two people in Wilmington were killed when a tree fell on their home."

As of 1 p.m. EDT, the storm was reportedly decreasing in intensity as it moves inland across southeastern North Carolina and is expected to continue for at least another 24 hours. So far 20.37 inches of rainfall has been measured and, as of Friday, 105 mph winds were recorded. 

Though the storm may be weakening, inland North Carolina residents could be in imminent danger thanks to flash flooding. CBS News reported that meteorologist Ryan Maue at weathermodels.com calculates Florence will dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain throughout the week in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland. 

The fatalities have sparked some debate on whether or not the family was in a recommended evacuation zone, with many calling the deaths "senseless." 

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And some are reminding anyone quick to judge that reasonings behind not evacuating can vary. 


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However, mostly folks are offering condolences and prayers to family -- and hoping the death count doesn't rise. 

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