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As Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, crawls through the Carolinas, our reporters and photojournalists are on the coast. Their Friday reports from the coast are here.
New Bern, N.C..: A kitten, a photo, a flood
10 a.m. Both were wet. Both wore tired expressions.
A photo of Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten has gone viral — a moment that seemed to capture how thousands like Simmons are feeling as the storm slogs through the area, waters continue to rise, threatening houses and livelihoods.
Simmons recounted his story on Friday while a kitten peered through the top of his rain jacket. Simmons had taken the animal with him on the boat. The kitten clung to Simmons, as if a newborn clinging to his mother, and while Simmons spoke, the kitten mewed.
“We done been through Bertha, Fran, Irene, Matthew,” he said on Friday afternoon, sitting in the small boat and ticking off the names of hurricanes that had come through his part of eastern North Carolina. “And this is the worst it’s ever been, in this part right here.”
— ANDREW CARTER
Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Alligator in the Neighborhood
6 a.m. Wind and rain weren’t the only things Hurricane Florence left on the streets of the Grand Strand.
Friday afternoon an alligator was spotted in the Osprey Cove neighborhood off of S.C. 707 and filmed by resident Tracie Byrd.
“Well, hurricane update,” she says in the video. “We have an alligator. Run gator, run!; Run from Florence.”
The gator is seen crossing the road and running into a ditch as the effects from Hurricane Florence are felt in the area. Gators aren’t the only animals gaining attention during the storm.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department posted a video on their Facebook page showing officers corralling ducks back into an enclosure after they escaped during the storm.
— MEGAN TOMASIC