In this photo released by the City of New Bern, N. C., a bear sculpture floats in the waters of the flood on South Front street in New Bern, N. C. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to half a million homes and businesses as it settled in for a long and extremely destructive watering. (City of New Bern via AP)
NEW BERN, N. C. – A North Carolina TV station had to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of the Hurricane Florence cover as the flooded area around the building.
Employees in New Bern’s WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had to abandon their studio for the first time in history,” the station posted on Facebook on Thursday evening. A spokesman from the ABC affiliate said that the roads around the building were flooding.
The station’s journalists were in the back Friday, reporting on the impact and posting updates on the station’s Facebook page .
New Bern is a city along the Neuse River in the vicinity of the Atlantic coast, about 90 km (145 km) in the northeast of Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made arrive as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. Friday.
Video posted on Twitter appeared to be a meteorologist to tell viewers they would be taken to the coverage of its sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach for walking offscreen. A Doppler radar image in the background kept rolling to the middle of the silence left Florence swirling in the direction of the coast.
Just after midnight, the station tweeted that everyone was safely evacuated. “Bit rough, but we’re all out,” a tweet said.