North Carolina congressman on the response of the Florence flood
Forecasters warn of the worst flooding is yet to come in North Carolina; Rep. Ted Budd weighs in on ‘America’s News HQ.’
The death toll of Hurricane Florence rose to 17 Sunday after a 3-year-old died when a pine tree crashed into a mobile home, officials said.
The big pine demerger of the mobile home down the middle, Police Capt. Jon Leatherwood said. The tragedy happened around 12:45 pm, the Gaston Gazette reported. The paper has been determined that the child’s Quay Gill. Leatherwood said the father of the boy and his mother were home, but no pain.
The boy is at home in Dallas is located approximately 240 km west of where Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in Wrightsville Beach, Gaston County manager Earl Mathers said.
The officials blame the rain and the wind storm from the remnants to the falling tree, county spokesman James McConnell told The Associated Press.
The remnants of Florence are pounded Gaston County with heavy rains since Friday night, the Gazette reported. For Gill’s death, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported in the province.
Southeast of Gaston, in Union County on Sunday night, officials failed an attempt to rescue a 1-year-old child in a car that was eventually swept away in the water, the Charlotte Observer reported.
Rescue officials rescued an adult in the vehicle. WBTV reported that the rescue vehicles driving away from the search area before midnight, indicating that they had called off the search. It was not immediately clear whether the search would resume in the morning.
As Florence pushed further inland through the weekend, with flash flood watches were posted in Virginia and in southern West Virginia. The National Weather Service has issued the watch through Monday evening in a number of West Virginia counties.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.