The highly-anticipated Hurricane Florence finally made landfall early Friday morning, September 14th. After degrading to a Category 1 storm, Florence struck near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
The hurricane stormed nearby areas throughout the Carolinas with life-threatening weather conditions including heavy rain, powerful winds, and severe flooding. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power; other residents sadly lost their own lives.
Over the weekend, news broke that the Florence death toll climbed drastically. According to TIME, at least 48 people have been confirmed dead as of 11:00 AM ET on Monday, October 1st. This is a massive spike since only three deaths were first reported.
Among the seven victims include a family of three — a mother, a father, and an infant child. A tree reportedly fell on top of their home as a result of the storm, leaving them trapped and unable to survive the dangerous, storm conditions.
Other victims include a woman from North Carolina, two elderly North Carolina men, and another woman from South Carolina. Unfortunately, the death toll is expected to rise even higher over the next few days.
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Please pray for the victims’ families and all of those impacted by Hurricane Florence. May God be with them during this difficult time.
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