Hurricane Florence Death Toll Rises As 3-Month-Old Is Killed By Tree And 1-Year-Old Drowns In Flood

LUMBERTON, NC - SEPTEMBER 16: Members of Colorado Task Force 1, assisted by Oklahoma Task Force 1, helped rescue 5 evacuees and 4 army national guard members after a LMTV, carrying the 5 evacuees to an evacuation center, lost control in the flooded road, during Hurricane Florence on September 16, 2018 in Lumberton, North Carolina. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Hurricane Florence Death Toll Rises As 3-Month-Old Is Killed By Tree And 1-Year-Old Drowns In Flood

Little Kaiden Lee-Welch was ripped away from his mother’s arms in rushing water.

Published September 17, 2018

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the death toll continues to rise, with two children being the latest who were pronounced dead.

(Photo: The Associated Press)

3-month-old Kade Gill (left) and 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch (right) were two of the youngest victims taken by the devastating North Carolina storm.

Gill was killed Sunday when a tree fell on the mobile home where he lived with his family. Gill was in his mother’s arms when a tree fell through the home and struck him in the head, reported the Gaston Gazette. 

“The tree had divided us,” Kade’s dad, Olen Gill, told WBTV. “So I am in the kitchen. She [Kade’s mother] is in the living room on the couch. I had to come out and rip the air conditioner out of the window, and that’s when we handed him through the window.”

According to Olen, Kade was still alive and crying when he came out of the home. He then transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main, where he was pronounced dead. His mother was hospitalized at CaroMont Medical Center and released Sunday.

Little Kaiden Lee-Welch went missing after the highway his mother was driving on became flooded. Eventually her car was lodged in between two trees. Although she managed to get herself and Kaiden out of the car, she lost hold of her son. 

"I was holding his hand, trying to hold him, trying to pull him up ... I couldn't hold on anymore, and he let go," Lee told  FOX 46 WJZY.

Kaiden’s body was discovered by police Monday morning after search and rescue teams spent hours searching for him overnight.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


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