Weatherman forced to bail during live Hurricane Florence coverage

FLORENCE: New Bern news station evacuates due to rising flood waters

FLORENCE: New Bern news station evacuates due to rising flood waters

The sister station posted photos Friday that showed the New Bern newsroom empty, with standing water on the floor. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

The meteorologist was forced to leave the building in New Bern less than 20 minutes after announcing he would continue broadcasting to inform the public.

The town sits about 37 miles northeast of Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the banks of the Neuse River. Ballance called the rainfall "biblical", saying he's gotten reports from friends that his downtown seafood restaurant was flooded, just like the rest of the small city's historic downtown, and he's anxious about the hundreds of people who needed to be rescued overnight in the city. He drifted off to sleep. "Little rough but we're all out", a tweet said. He shone a flashlight through the glass.

"We tell them to remain calm, not to panic, we will rescue them", Roberts said.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said. Rescues began around 4 p.m. Thursday and continued into the night.

"We aren't going to try to restore power for quite some time, probably", Outlaw, the mayor, said.

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".

Flooding and a strong storm surge has prompted more than 90 calls to the emergency operation center in Craven County, N.C., for residents trapped in vehicles and homes, according to spokeswoman Amber Parker. "I tell you what".