COLUMBIA, S.C. (WPDE) — The governor of South Carolina is urging citizens to be patient during slow-moving Hurricane Florence, which has already turned deadly.
"We will have to have patience," said Gov. Henry McMaster during a news conference Friday afternoon.
Category 1 Florence has taken at least three lives since making landfall Friday morning. A mother and baby were killed by a felled tree in Wilmington, North Carolina. According to The Associated Press, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office says a third person was killed in the Tar Heel State while plugging in a generator.
A National Weather Service spokesman told reporters:
"One big problem is that Florence is only moving at 5 mph, which is only a little faster than the average walking speed of a person. This means we're in for long duration impacts, especially across the northeast part of the state."
McMaster ended the news conference saying, "Don't gamble. We do not want to lose a single life in South Carolina in this storm."