At least 150 North Carolina residents stranded, as Hurricane Florence nears

At least 150 North Carolina residents stranded, as Hurricane Florence nears

A North Carolina meteorologist reporting on Hurricane Florence was forced to abandon his live broadcast mid-sentence - just as his building began to flood, video shows.

"When the conditions in the area intensified suddenly, we made the call to have our news staff evacuate the area and team up with our sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach to continue covering the storm and providing our viewers with vital, potentially life-saving, information", General Manager Matt Bowman said in a statement posted to the station's website.

The Cajun Navy has assisted local authorities in New Bern with water rescues, having reportedly received 500 calls for help with rescues in the New Bern area.

At least 150 people are still waiting to be rescued from the attics and rooftops of their homes as of 1 p.m. Friday, said New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw, whose adult daughter had 1 foot of water in her own home, he said.

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Our sister station, WCTI has been evacuated due to water rising around the building due to storm surge. We knew it was coming, and we're working very hard to keep our citizens safe.

"Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week".

The National Hurrican Center (NHC) in its latest 10am BST update said: "On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern SC today and Saturday". "You don't want to put someone in a bucket and send them high into the air to mess with power lines in 70 miles per hour winds". Hurricanes off the east coast tend to bog down the weather movement from west to east!