The City of New Bern said in a tweet before dawn Friday that there were about 150 people who still needed swift-water rescue. Clyde Cain, the Admiral of the Louisiana Cajun Navy, told WWL that local first responders would handle all calls for rescue and evacuation.
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.
"Little rough, but we're all out", the station tweeted around 9 p.m. Thursday.
Outlaw couldn't confirm whether there are injuries or fatalities. "Just so you know that we are staying here to keep you up to date".
"We aren't going to try to restore power for quite some time, probably", Outlaw, the mayor, said. When Hurricane Florence started battering eastern North Carolina with record rainfall, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell - and combined with high tide, made for unsafe flooding and dramatic rescues.
The National Hurrican Center (NHC) in its latest 10am BST update said: "On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern SC today and Saturday".
Flooding and a strong storm surge prompted more than 90 calls to the emergency operation center in Craven County, N.C., for residents trapped in vehicles and homes, spokeswoman Amber Parker said. "Lots of water, lots of wind, lots of storm surge". "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".