New Bern, NC, residents rescued after Hurricane Florence storm surge leave them stranded



More than 350 people are saved in New Bern, North Carolina

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins reports on Hurricane Florence.

The authorities in the coastal city of New Bern, N. C., were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported stranded in the Hurricane Florence storm surge.

Colleen Roberts, public information officer for the city of 30,000 inhabitants, told Fox News that 200 people were saved, insofar as the Category 1 storm battered the region with strong winds and a life threatening increase.

FEMA teams were in the service of the boats in the rescues and were determining which cases were the most serious. Roberts said that many of the residents living in the vicinity of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

Flooding and a strong storm surge prompted more than 90 calls to the emergency operation center in Craven County, N. C., for the residents trapped in vehicles and homes, spokeswoman Amber Parker said.

Response teams had already “brought in busloads of” saved people from areas including Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, Adams Creek Township, and 7, ” she said.

Four shelters were opened, Roberts said, adding that the recipients received a call for 17 people stranded on a city street.

If anyone can help… our car is under water and so is our house stuck in the attic. Phone about to die please send help 611 Watson ave, new bern. NC

— bree (@Breeanna_xoxo) September 14, 2018

The storm was about 35 miles east of Wilmington, N. C., and about 50 km southwest of Morehead City, N. C., the National Hurricane Center’s 2 pm EDT Friday advisory said.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from the city center, and tropical-storm-force winds of up to 195 km.

The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 cm, the update said. This is expected to lead to “catastrophic floods and long-term significant river flooding.”

This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.


Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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