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Former WEHT news reporter now anchoring coverage of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

(WEHT) - A former WEHT news reporter is helping to get vital information out to those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Nick LaGrange is now a news anchor for Spectrum News.

He's been working almost around the clock anchoring coverage of the storm.

He's based in Raleigh but his station covers the entire state of North Carolina.

LaGrange said although Raleigh wasn't hit hard, other areas his station covers were affected by the storm.

He said his job on the anchor desk has been to update viewers about flooding, power outages, and the latest track of the storm.

"It's been chaotic,” said LaGrange. “We've all been on 12 hour schedules for the most part. We have stations in Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Raleigh. I'm based in Raleigh, but we've had reporters come from as far away as Charlotte and Greensboro to the coast to cover what's going on there and to boost our presence there. We've had six or seven reporters working 12 hour shifts on the coast and in Fayetteville now. So, my role has been to kind of come in around 7:00 at night until about 5:00 in the morning, pretty much by myself, just to touch base with the reporters, have our live coverage going, showing people what's going on. The storm doesn't stop, so we don't stop. So, my role has basically been to be at the desk."

LaGrange said he'll be going out with the U.S. Coast Guard Monday morning in Fayetteville, North Carolina as they work to rescue people from flooded areas.

We'll have more from LaGrange tonight on Eyewitness News at 10.

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(This story was originally published September 16, 2018)


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