At least 7 people dead, including infant, during Hurricane Florence

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At least seven people have died during Hurricane Florence after the storm made landfall on Friday.

A mother and her 9-month-old baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, according to Wilmington police. The father was rescued and taken to the hospital with injuries (see photos above). Wilmington Fire Chief Steve Mason said the victims were pinned in by the tree and firefighters had to use airbags and saws to get them out.

A man in Lenoir County was killed while plugging in a generator at his home on Silver Smith Circle in Kinston, according to a press release from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Also in Kinston, a 77-year-old man died while checking on his dogs outside in the storm around 8 a.m. His family found his body.

An 81-year-old man in Wayne County who fell and struck his head while packing to evacuate on Friday.

A husband and wife also died in a house fire in Cumberland County on Friday.

Two deaths in Carteret County that were previously determined to be storm related are now under further review by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The names of the victims have not been released.

The Piedmont Triad has been on high alert since Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, made landfall on the North Carolina coast Friday morning.

Flash Flood Warnings are in place for several North Carolina counties including Guilford and Randolph. Rainfall is expected to be anywhere from 6 to 10 inches, with the higher totals happening in the southernmost counties of the Piedmont Triad.

The heavy rain started spreading northwest Friday night, first reaching the eastern Piedmont counties and the northwest sections last.

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