Within hours of the storm making landfall, officials in Onslow County - which includes the city of Jacksonville, reported "major structural damage to homes, businesses and institutions".
Reports out of Wilmington, North Carolina, said that the outer bands of wind and rain from Florence, a Category 2 storm with 105 miles per hour winds, are hitting North Carolina. The baby's father was taken to hospital.
A second flash flood emergency is in effect for Carteret, Pamlico, Craven and Jones counties, North Carolina. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack. The deaths also included that of a person killed while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said.
Wright is far from the only resident in the Carolinas that chose to weather Hurricane Florence, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, though many who chose to stay are starting to reconsider their decision of sticking around for what North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called a "1,000-year event". Trump planned a visit to the region next week. "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins".
"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away".
Hurricane Florence, weakened but still risky, has crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.
Both rivers overflowed their banks, flooding homes, stores and streets and trapping many people in their houses.
Officials say 321,000 people are without power in North Carolina as Florence pounds the area.
Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week. "This will cause extremely unsafe flooding", the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned.
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Hurricane Florence is now located about 15 miles north-northeast of Myrtle Beach, North Carolina.
Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising water gets closer to their doors in New Bern, North Carolina.
Among those volunteers was the Cajun Navy, a volunteer rescue organization formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken. "The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said.
The storm surge had decreased to about 8 feet later Friday morning, Roberts said, but that was mostly attributed to changes in the Neuse River's tide.
"There's going to be really nowhere for anybody to go", said Chief House with Wrightsville Beach Police.
"And it's just a Category 1 hurricane", Tarr said.