UPDATE: TV Station Evacuates As Florence Surges In

For the first time in their history, WCTI-TV in New Bern, North Carolina had to evacuate their building.

Roads around the station started to flood, so management made the decision to get the employees out. New Bern sits along the Neuse River and is near the coast.

Right now, the station is broadcasting its sister station, WPDE-TV’s coverage of the storm out of Myrtle Beach.


This is the statement from General Manager Matt Bowman on the station’s status:

Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our staff and we are happy to report that all employees from the WCTI station are safe following a sudden evacuation.

Our commitment to delivering critical information to our viewers can, at times, put us in harm's way, particularly with major weather-related events. 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.

Here’s a picture of the water from the storm surge in the station’s parking lot.


UPDATE: Here’s video of the station’s meteorologists announcing the evacuation and flood waters coming into the building.