A look into the destruction brought on by Hurricane Florence to Wilmington, N.C.
On Sept. 14, a mother and child died after a tree fell into their bedroom at their home in Wilmington, N.C. DTH Photographer Jason Armond was on the scene in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence as it hit the Carolinas.
A member of the Wilmington Fire Department brings in a stretcher to assist other first responders after a mother and an infant died when a tree fell on their bedroom on Friday, Sept. 14 in Wilmington, N.C. The father of the child was rescued from the residence on Mercer Ave., and local officials confirmed the deaths at a press briefing that afternoon. At least 17 people have been killed in North Carolina, 23 total, because of Florence.
Hurricane Florence toppled a tree into a bedroom of a house on Mercer Avenue in Wilmington, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 14.
A Wilmington police officer points in the direction of where the tree fell on the residence.
As Hurricane Florence approached Wilmington, N.C. early Friday morning, the family of three slept in the back bedroom of the home. Shortly before 7 a.m., officials reported heavy winds, which likely caused the large tree to crash through the bedroom where the family slept.
First-responders converged on the scene to help in any way possible. Heavy equipment was used to raise the tree and access the victims. Despite heroic efforts, tragedy concluded the day.
Drivers attempt to maneuver flooded roadways in Wilmington, after Hurricane Florence dumped heavy rains on the area.
A gas station was toppled due to high winds brought on from the slow-moving hurricane.
The owners and operators of Pender's Cafe in downtown Wilmington did not wait long before beginning the recovery process, similarly to many business owners in town.
Tammy Pender (left) cleans up shattered glass from a broken window at Pender’s Cafe on Front Street.
"Pender's Cafe has been in Wilmington for over 40 years, and my mother, who started this business, can’t recall a time when our windows have broken due to a hurricane," Pender said.
The National Guard was one of many first responders that assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts in Wilmington, including at the scene on Mercer Ave. on Friday.
The Tree Service, LLC. of Saucier, Miss. traveled to assist in recovery from the storm, working to remove fallen trees in the area.
Carrying two chainsaws, a FEMA agent leaves the Mercer Avenue residence where first responders rescued the father of the infant, who, along with their mother, tragically died.
Residents crowd outside a Waffle House for food, one of few restaurants still open.
Owners walk their four dogs amid fallen branches brought on by Hurricane Florence.
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