150 people awaiting rescue in New Bern, NC

Ohio Water Rescue teams deploy to North Carolina for Hurricane effort

Ohio Water Rescue teams deploy to North Carolina for Hurricane effort

However, as water built up around the building, Hinton and then Cox were forced to make their exits.

"We have the situation that has developed here at the station, and that is that the water [is] getting [so] close to the building that the building has been evacuated", Cox said in a video posted to Twitter Thursday night.

Amber Parker, a spokeswoman for Craven County, where New Bern is located, told CNN early Friday morning the county had already logged more than 100 service calls from residents trapped on their roofs or in their cars.

WCTI will continue to post on social media, and its sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach, SC will provide coverage.

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.

- A North Carolina TV station had to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage as floodwaters surrounded the building. With this happening now, an upper ridge is strengthening overhead, which will keep us basking in late summer heat!

The National Hurricane Center said there was more than 10 feet of inundation in New Bern. "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". Gradual weakening is forecast later today and tonight.

Waves almost 30 foot high have been recorded off the North Carolina coast as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the United States.

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