Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Weatherman Forced To Evacuate While Reporting On Hurricane Florence

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North Carolina weatherman Donnie Cox showed his WCTI-TV viewers just how dedicated of a meteorologist he is this week as he remained on-air as the station’s studio was being flooded.

While giving the latest weather report on Thursday, September 13, Cox calmly explained that the water levels inside the WCTI-TV building continued to rise before walking off set as he threw the coverage to their sister station in Myrtle Beach.

“We have the situation here that has developed at the station, and that is of the water getting [so] close to the building that the building has been evacuated,” Cox said.

On air meteorologists in New Bern casually explaining the building has been evacuated due to Florence’s storm surge but they’re sticking around to stay on air and inform the public pic.twitter.com/bOaaM8eP8n

— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) September 13, 2018

Eerie video as WCTI’s meteorologists finally evacuate due to rising waters mid-broadcast, leaving just the radar of Florence’s rain bands looping on repeat pic.twitter.com/9vxFqB8ZXl

— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) September 14, 2018

Thankfully, no one from the news station was injured.

WCTI general manager Matt Bowman explained the decision in a statement:

“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.”

Even though Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, news stations both north and south of the border are clearly pulling out all the stops:

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