Authorities have confirmed those storm-related deaths, including a mother and her infant child who died after a tree fell on their home in New Hanover County, where the storm hit Friday morning with a 105 mph wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.
The child’s father was transported to a hospital with injuries, according to Wilmington police.
A third person died nearby in coastal Pender County, North Carolina, where an official called it a medical fatality but did not elaborate. The fourth person died in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, authorities said.
Flood conditions will worsen through the relentless rainfall over the next couple days, officials warned.
“The sun rose this morning on an extremely dangerous situation and it’s getting worse,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, calling Florence a “thousand-year rain event.”
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous agreed, telling ABC News’ David Muir, “I see a biblical proportion flood event that’s going to occur. I see the beach communities’ being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic.”