New Bern TV station evacuates as Florence’s surge nears

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GOESEast captured the sunrise over Hurricane Florence on Sept. 13, 2018 as the Category 2 storm continues to move closer to the coastline. (Photo: NOAA)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) — A North Carolina TV news station has evacuated its building due to rising waters from Hurricane Florence.

New Bern’s WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 posted on Facebook on Thursday night that employees had to abandon the studio for the “first time in history.”

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A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said that roads around the building were flooding.

New Bern is a city along the Neuse River and is near the Atlantic coast, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington.

The station said on Facebook that it was broadcasting its sister station WPDE-TV’s coverage of the storm.