A meteorologist was forced to leave the air during a live broadcast when his television station was evacuated due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence.
Meteorologist Donnie Cox was forced to evacuate from the television studio in North Carolina when Hurricane Florence threatened the building with a potentially lethal increase in flood water.
Rivers in the coastal city of New Bern began to overflow, flooding the streets with floodwater and forcing residents to evacuate the area.
The meteorologist suddenly announced to viewers that his writing in New Bern would have to be evacuated due to hurricane Florence
Waves crashed into the Oceana Pier & Pier House restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, when Hurricane Florence hit land
WCTI announcer captured the moment the forecaster announced on live television that the station had to be evacuated, while moving slowly out of the camera, leaving viewers watching the graph of the storm swirling in the background.
When Cox described the situation in Myrtle Beach, he announced that the WCTI sister station would continue to cover the storm as the building needed to be evacuated.
The cameras continued rolling as he calmly walked away from the shot.
He said: & # 39; … will continue our coverage so we can continue the evacuation of this building due to the increase in water.
& # 39; Let's take it now to coverage from our sister station in Myrtle Beach & # 39;
He is said to have been one of the last members of the team to stay behind to keep residents up to date on Hurricane Florence.
Donnie Cox suddenly had to leave the air during his live broadcast as the flood increase threatened his WCTI station
And it disappeared: Weatherman leaves the cameras in motion. New Bern was clogged by a large storm surge while winds of up to 90 mph hit the southeastern coast of America
The WCTI announcer captured the moment when meteorologist Donnie Cox announced on live television that the station had to be evacuated
At least 12,000 people sought refuge in shelters in North Carolina and it was reported that almost 300,000 customers were without electricity
Initially, the forecaster said he would stay in the press room to keep viewers up to date, but less than 20 minutes later he was forced to leave the building.
He added: "We have the situation that has developed here at the station and that the water is approaching the building.
& # 39; The building has been evacuated, just so you know. We will stay here to keep you up to date. "
Hurricane Florence hit the southeastern coast of the USA. UU Last night with winds of up to 90 mph and a storm surge of 10 feet.
Around 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern and in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the floodwater knocked down gasoline pumps and trees, while residents were warned to avoid roads.
More than 60 people, including children, had to be removed from a collapsed motel in the city.
The tourist center of Myrtle Beach was deserted as many residents fled their homes for fear of the storm.
At least 12,000 people sought refuge in shelters in the state and it was reported that almost 300,000 customers had no electricity as the outer fringe of the storm approached.