Meteorologists cut broadcast, evacuate news station during Hurricane Florence
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Meteorologists in North Carolina were forced to cut their live-coverage of Hurricane Florence when their news station started flooding on Thursday night.

WCTI, the ABC affiliate in New Bern, was on-air with its meteorologists when the crew announced that their building was flooding, forcing the crew to evacuate.

"The building has been evacuated, just so you know we are staying here to keep you up to date," chief meteorologist Donnie Cox said.


Cox stayed behind with fellow meteorologist Shane Hinton until they were the last two in the building, The Weather Channel reported.

The two-man team stayed behind to continue their broadcast until they were forced to leave in the middle of their hurricane coverage.

Jason O. Boyd, the station’s digital media manager, posted on the official Twitter account shortly after midnight to say that everyone got out safely.

“Little rough but we’re all out,” he wrote.

The station's general manager, Matt Bowman, wrote in a statement that their reporting teams will continue providing their viewers with information as Hurricane Florence hits the Carolinas. 

"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."

"When the conditions in the area intensified suddenly, we made the call to have our news staff evacuate the area and team up with our sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach to continue covering the storm and providing our viewers with vital, potentially life-saving, information," he continued. 

WCTI's sister station WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, S.C. will be providing broadcast coverage until further notice.

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C. as a Category 1 storm around 7:30 a.m. on Friday.


The 30,000-person coastal city of New Bern is about 90 miles northeast of Wrightsville Beach and is under mandatory evacuation, The Associated Press noted

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Additional states have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm, including Georgia and the District of Columbia.