Scott Wilson, The Washington Post Published 3:34 pm PDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 Homes are seen surrounded by floodwaters in Lumberton, N.C.'s Mayfair neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence on Monday. Homes are seen surrounded by floodwaters in Lumberton, N.C.'s Mayfair neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence on Monday. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Jabin Botsford The Mayfair neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C., has flooded, and stranded residents have been relying on the U.S. Coast Guard for help. The Mayfair neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C., has flooded, and stranded residents have been relying on the U.S. Coast Guard for help. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Jabin Botsford A woman stands on the porch of a home as members of a U.S. Coast Guard team preform search and rescue in Lumberton, N.C. A woman stands on the … [Read more...] about Coast Guard works to evacuate North Carolina town near Lumber River
The U.S. Coast Guard says it removed one of its members from Florence duty after he made an alleged white power gesture in the background of a televised interview. "We are aware of the offensive video on twitter - the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response," the agency wrote on Twitter after a clip of the gesture caused social media uproar. "His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard." The employee, who hasn't been identified, made the sign during an MSNBC interview Friday with another Coast Guard member. The man can be seen in the background of an aid center staring directly into the camera before shaping his hands to make an "OK" sign — a move that has recently been adopted by white supremacists. He appeared to try hiding the gesture by making it look like he was scratching his face or hair. The Coast Guard has not denied that the officer intentionally made the white supremacist sign. The agency did not immediately return … [Read more...] about Coast Guard removes employee from Florence duty over alleged “white power” gesture
While a Coast Guard captain was being interviewed about Tropical Storm Florence on MSNBC Friday, another staff member visible on camera appeared to flash a white power hand gesture, NBC News reported. He is no longer on the Florence response team and the incident is being investigated, Coast Guard Lt. J.B. Zorn said, though the man hasn't been identified and officials did not discuss possible disciplinary action. "Whatever that symbol means, it doesn't reflect the Coast Guard and our core values," Zorn said. "It won't be tolerated." … [Read more...] about Coast Guard Member Appears to Flash White Power Hand Signal on TV
Taylor Telford, The Washington Post Published 8:15 pm PDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 In the background of a Coast Guard briefing on MSNBC on Friday evening, in a bustling aid center, a Coast Guard member flashed what some TV viewers claimed was a white power sign at the camera. In the clip, as an official detailed the efforts underway as Hurricane Florence tore through the Carolinas, a man with a crew cut sitting immediately behind him looked directly at the camera. Then he looked away and shaped his hand into the "OK" sign - a circle between his thumb and pointer finger, the rest raised. He seemed to try to camouflage it by scratching his face, but the gesture was fairly flagrant to many viewers. As the clip began to circulate on Twitter, many called for the member's firing and further investigation. The Coast Guard was quick to apologize via tweet, saying the organization was aware of the clip and clarifying that it does not condone the flashing of the sign or what … [Read more...] about A Coast Guard officer on hurricane duty made a hand signal on TV. Some saw a white-power sign.
Charleston’s U.S. Coast Guard spent Thursday moving life-saving resources from their office to a location about 10 miles west of the city, so the equipment is safe in the event they need to be used.Capt. John Reed, however, advises people to evacuate and not wait out the storm.“The conditions are still good to get out of town,” he says. “The ability of you and your family to move and get out of the way of the storm, to get to a place wherever and ride it out safely, I would definitely recommend doing so.”For a city that’s under mandatory evacuation, there were a surprising amount of people outside enjoying the day by the waterfront, before the storm moves through.Although the storm has weakened, forecasts predict there could still be some very serious flooding along the South Carolina coast.“I think people are curious; they know the storm is still a couple hundred miles away, so they come down and walk around, and most of us are bored at this … [Read more...] about Charleston Coast Guard advises people still in the city to evacuate