Emergency responders have reported an influx of calls from residents pleading to be rescued from the rapidly rising floodwaters.
According to Colleen Roberts, a spokeswoman for the city, 150 people were waiting to be rescued Friday morning after about 200 were rescued overnight.
Organizer Clyde Cain told CNN the Cajun Navy was staged in New Bern and had received more than 500 calls for assistance.
But the water never quite made it to his home.
Rescues are already underway in New Bern, N.C. and this is only the beginning of a long 48 hours in the Carolinas, as rain and wind will continue to take out power in various areas and keep many residents away through Sunday or Monday! A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said that roads around the building were flooding. "Little rough but we're all out", a tweet said. At around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the electricity went out.
Outlaw couldn't confirm whether there are injuries or fatalities. We knew it was coming, and we're working very hard to keep our citizens safe. New Bern is about 32 miles north of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 101 miles southeast of Raleigh. "We were able to evacuate quite a few; some did not go", he said.
The National Hurrican Center (NHC) in its latest 10am BST update said: "On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern SC today and Saturday".
Residents reached out for help through the night by phone and on social media. "I tell you what".