As Florence made landfall on the coast of North Carolina Friday, a city about a hundred miles north was among the worst-hit areas so far, with about 150 people stranded and 200 already rescued, officials said.
“We’re making every effort to expeditiously as we can to get these folks to a shelter,” New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw said on “Today.”
“Be patient, we’re on the way. We will get you rescued — all 150. So just bear with us because we have to be so careful that our first responders are not put in harm’s way in this type of weather,” Outlaw said, later adding that many people would have to be rescued by boat.
“A lot of our staff have not had sleep for 36 hours now. They’re very tired but they’re very tenacious. They’re going to make it happen. It’s going to happen. We’re going to get these folks back in a safe shelter,” Outlaw said.
New Bern Police issued a 24-hour curfew starting at 7 a.m. Friday as emergency officials rushed to pluck people from their flooded homes.
A City of New Bern tweet said residents could expect the potentially-deadly mix of high winds, storm surge, rainfall and flooding.