North Carolina TV station evacuates due to rising waters

  • In this photo released by the City of New Bern, N.C., a bear statue floats in flood waters 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 a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. (City of New Bern via AP)

  • Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)

  • Jamie Thompson walks through flooded sections of East Front Street near Union Point Park in New Bern, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)
  • In this photo released by the New Bern Police department, flood waters move near buildings in downtown New Bern, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 as Hurricane Florence comes ashore. (New Bern Police Department via AP)

    In this photo released by the New Bern Police department, flood waters move near buildings in downtown New Bern, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 as Hurricane Florence comes ashore. (New Bern Police Department via AP)

NEW BERN, N.C. — A North Carolina TV station had to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage as floodwaters surrounded the building.

Employees at New Bern’s WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had to abandon their studio for the “first time in history,” the station posted on Facebook Thursday night. A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said that roads around the building were flooding.

The station’s journalists were out in the weather Friday, reporting on the impact and posting updates to the station’s Facebook page .

New Bern is a city along the Neuse River near the Atlantic coast, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. Friday.

Video posted on Twitter showed a meteorologist telling viewers they’d be taken to coverage from its sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach before walking offscreen. A Doppler radar picture in the background that kept rolling amid the silence showed Florence swirling toward the coast.

Just after midnight, the station tweeted that everyone had safely evacuated. “Little rough but we’re all out,” a tweet said.

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