150 people awaiting rescue in New Bern, NC

150 people awaiting rescue in New Bern, NC

Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.

He confirmed that due to rising waters, some people are waiting for rescue in their attics and on their roofs.

"Our commitment to delivering critical information to our viewers can, at times, put us in harm's way, particularly with major weather-related events", Bowman wrote."As such, we were continuously in contact with our WCTI team throughout the week as we monitored the situation and planned for contingencies". "These were waves crashing down".

But the water never quite made it to his home.

The town sits about 37 miles northeast of Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the banks of the Neuse River.

"We're estimating we've rescued 150-200", New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning. 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.

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The city of New Bern issued a curfew Friday morning, effective from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday "upon any public street, alley or roadway or upon public property".

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.

"Things here are very, very serious", he said.

"The tide came up really strong - five to eight feet, they're saying - and a lot of the people did not get out ... got stuck in conditions on the roads", Todd Terrell, the founder of the Cajun Navy, told ABC News.

In a second video, Cox, who was now by himself, announced that a sister station in Myrtle Beach would take over the weather coverage. A Doppler radar picture in the background that kept rolling amid the silence showed Florence swirling toward the coast.

"So that really did just happen", Jaime McCutcheon, one of the station's anchors, tweeted. "Little rough but we're all out", a tweet said.

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