North Carolina TV station evacuates because of rising water

Joann Johnston
September 14, 2018

City officials in one North Carolina community sent out an ominous tweet sometime around 2 a.m. Friday.

"This is risky, unsafe times in New Bern".

Organizer Clyde Cain told CNN the Cajun Navy was staged in New Bern and had received more than 500 calls for assistance. He decided that if the water reached the house, he'd take the pets to the second floor.

In this photo released by the City of New Bern, N.C., a bear statue floats in flood waters on South Front street in New Bern, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding.

"Little rough, but we're all out", the station tweeted around 9 p.m. Thursday.

But the water never quite made it to his home.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw said in an interview with The Charlotte Observer around 5 a.m. that about 200 people had been rescued so far.

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The evacuation is said to affect one out of every five South Carolinians, representing around a million residents. He encouraged citizens to use the time between now and Thursday to prepare and use common sense in staying safe.

Outlaw couldn't confirm whether there are injuries or fatalities. "Just so you know that we are staying here to keep you up to date".

No long goodbyes or histrionics from North Carolina meteorologist Donnie Cox last night as he calmly explained to viewers that his WCTI-TV studio was flooding from Hurricane Florence and being evacuated, then simply pitched the coverage to a sister station and followed orders to take a hike, moving without ado or sound out of camera range.

New Bern is a city along the Neuse River near the Atlantic coast, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. Friday.

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Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Authorities advised residents who had not evacuated to go to the highest point in their homes, call 911 for help, keep their cell batteries charged as best they can and wait for help to arrive.

"It's still going on, it's unbelievable. I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

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