As Hurricane Florence continues to dump rain on the coast of the Carolinas, New Bern, North Carolina, remains one of the hardest hit areas thus far. In the early morning hours on Friday, September 14, several people began tweeting about the conditions in the area.
Rescue crews have been diligently working to do water rescues, according to New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels. So far, 360 people have been rescued. There have not been any injuries or deaths reported in the area as of 5 p.m. local time on Friday.
According to CBS News, New Bern, North Carolina, was one of the hardest hit areas in this storm. A 10-foot storm surge flooded the city leaving about 150 people needing to be rescued. A mandatory evacuation order in New Bern was issued earlier this week. However, several residents who chose to stay have been stranded.
“Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern. We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue. More are on the way to help us. WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU,” read an early morning tweet from the city of New Bern official Twitter account.
Social media users have been using platforms like Twitter and Facebook to tweet out their addresses in hopes of being rescued.
“New Bern residents told how people were forced to climb onto their roofs or into their attics because the water was so high inside their homes. Those who were trapped on their roofs were in the dark and being battered by heavy rain and 60mph winds as they waited to be rescued by boat,” the Mirror reported.
There have been several people tweeting about dead bodies floating down the street, not unlike the reports that came out after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. However, Lt. Daniels confirmed that the department had received calls about this and sent out rescue crews to investigate, but no bodies were located.