Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Weatherman called out for faking battle with wind during Florence

Weatherman called out for faking battle with wind during Florence

As Hurricane Storm Florence lashed through the Carolinas with howling winds and heavy rain, one reporter was captured attempting to keep it together as winds appeared to lash at him, but was mocked when two people were seen walking behind him with little difficulty.

Hurricane Florence was making landfall in North Carolina early Friday pushing a life-threatening storm surge for miles inland with screaming wind that was destroying buildings in its path.

At 5 p.m., Florence was centered about 50 miles (75 kilometers) west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 25 miles (45 kilometers) northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

At one point, the 350-mile-wide but slow-moving storm packed winds so fierce that "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor almost lost contact with CBS News' New York studio during the morning broadcast. The storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. "I was looking for water moccasins to hit me at any time", he said. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

As Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, continued to chart a path of destruction across North and SC on Saturday, school gymnasiums morphed into makeshift shelters for thousands of people displaced from their homes in nearby flood-prone areas.

Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.

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North Carolina utilities have estimated that as many as 2.5 million state residents could be left without power, the state's Department of Public Safety said.

By Saturday morning the winds weakened to 50mph but the storm's slow speed means that communities in North Carolina are receiving a prolonged battering by torrential rain. Forecasters Saturday expected another 15 inches (nearly 40 centimeters) in parts of the Carolinas.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches.

On Saturday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned of "epic" levels of rainfall.

New Bern, which has a population of about 30,000, was once the capital of the state's colonial government.

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault.

Zaytoun said he didn't leave his home because he knew he wouldn't have been able to get back to it once the flooding began.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

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