Throughout the wind and rain that hit the North Carolina coast in recent days, there is an image that will remain alive in memory.
The stars and stripes of Old Glory fly in the wind and are broken into pieces by the hurricane winds.
The flag flies in an unusual place in a bed and breakfast about 34 miles from the coast in the old Coast Guard tower called the Frying Pan Tower.
The American flag received a beating and began to tear during Florence and began to tear
The tower, an old light structure of the Coast Guard converted into bed and breakfast, is located 34 miles off the coast of southeastern North Carolina.
The tower is a light station of the Coast Guard that has become a unique bed & breakfast.
But the owner, Richard Neal, ended up dealing with some angry calls from the veterans as the storm approached.
Although Neal decided not to stay in the Frying Pan and instead go to the mainland, people could still see images of a webcam that showed that the flag was waving in the wind.
In a moment, the live footage showed the flag of the tower, shattered by the devastating rain and wind of the storm.
"They told me, this is disrespectful, and I need to get out and replace the flag at that time," Neal told McClatchy. "In the hurricane."
The owner received several angry calls from online viewers who were upset because the flag was left out during the storm
A little later in the storm, he could remotely reposition the camera live so that the flag was no longer in the shot.
But even more people contacted him to ask how the flag was and what happened to him.
"That's when I realized that you can not make everyone happy, so I moved the feed back to show the flag again, because even if it were against the flag protocol, that flag represents who we are as the United States. They hit us, they hit us in difficult times, but we stay awake, we endure during the storm. " Neal said.
Neal says the flag "represents who we are as the United States." "We are beaten, mistreated in difficult times, but we stay awake, we endure during the storm".
Thousands of people watched the passage of Hurricane Florence through North Carolina thanks to a camera mounted in what is known as the tower of the pans.