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Tropical Weather North Carolina

A rescue team with the North Carolina National Guard evacuates a family amid rising floodwaters Friday as Hurricane Florence threatens their home in New Bern, N.C.

Hurricane Florence continued to tear at the nation's East Coast on Saturday, forcing a group of Nebraskans in the region ready to help to wait longer for their mission assignment.

Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force 1 leader Roger Bonin said despite the ground becoming totally saturated and the relentless rain, the team's morale remains high.

"Everybody is in good spirits, and they're all anxious, in a hurry, to get to work," Bonin said. "Until there is actually something for us to do, we are just in a mobilization state."

The crew is two miles from the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, which has experienced major flooding in recent days.

During Hurricane Matthew two years ago, the area where the team is located had more than 400 rescue calls.

Bonin said the crew expected to get its assignment Saturday afternoon or Sunday, once local fire and rescue agencies become overwhelmed.

"We are geared up for water rescue," he said.

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