A local television reporter has jumped in to help rescue a dog from the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence, interrupting a live broadcast to assist.
‘Do you think that is safe,’ Wilson asks the woman trying to bring the dog to safety, who said her name was Tasha.
‘It’s my daughter’s therapy dog. I have no choice,’ Tasha responded.
Reporter Julie Wilson (right) jumped in to help carry a Rottweiler to safety on Friday
Tasha (left) said the dog was her daughter’s therapy animal, and had been injured
The dog had been injured, according to Tasha.
When Tasha estarts having difficulty maneuvering the animal through the water, Wilson picks up the dog and has Tasha hold the camera.
‘You are OK baby girl,’ Wilson said while carrying the dog to safety. ‘Nobody is leaving the dog in this mess. That’s what we are doing out here.’
As Tasha and her dog begin walking away in shallower waters, Tasha tells Wilson that her son is still inside trying to save one more.
‘They are trying to get out folks. They are doing their best,’ Wilson said before continuing to report on the live stream.
Wilson is seen carrying the dog into shallower water from a flooded home in New Bern
The dog is seen trotting to safety after Wilson helped carry it to shallower water
By 11pm on Friday, now tropical storm Florence was located over extreme eastern South Carolina, the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin.
Radar data indicated that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near near 65 mph with higher gusts.
Gradual weakening is forecast while Florence moves farther inland during the next couple of days, and it is likely to weaken to a tropical depression by Saturday night.
However with rainfall totals exceeding 23 inches in some areas already, the threat of deadly flooding persists.
In New Bern, swift-water rescue teams had saved more than 360 people in New Bern by midafternoon Friday, and another 140 were still waiting for help, a city spokeswoman said.
The city was placed under mandatory evacuation orders prior to the storm, but many there and elsewhere chose to disregard the order.