Who is Kevin?
We get beat up, battered during hard times, but we stay up, stay at it through the storm
Hundreds of thousands of people watched Hurricane Florence batter the Carolinas thanks to a livestream from what’s kn own as Frying Pan Tower. It was an old Coast Guard structure that was turned into a Bed and Breakfast and located 32 miles off the coast of southeastern North Carolina.
A live camera streaming video on the web by Explore.org was fitted to it and t’s also home to an American flag that came to symbolize the strength and resilience of Americans during Hurricane Florence.
Richard Neal, a software engineer who purchased the tower from the government, told the Charlotte Observer he received several angry calls from online viewers who were angry the flag was left out during the storm to be damaged
“They told me, ‘this is disrespectful,’ and that I need to get out there and replace the flag right then,” Neal said. Of course, he wasn’t about to head out during the storm to take down a flag in the middle of the ocean!
Where did the name Kevin Come from?
Neal initially repositioned the live cam so the ripped flag couldn’t be seen but viewers didn’t like that either and wanted to know how the flag was doing. A group of kids watching began referring to it as Kevin and the name kind of stuck. Neal decided to move the camera back so everyone could see how Kevin was holding up during the high winds and rain.
Where is Kevin the American Flag Located?
Kevin is located off the cost of North Carolina, on a place called Frying Pan Tower.
How Could A Livestream Survive a Hurricane?
Thanks to a staggering 56 mile wireless link by Cambium Networks, the video camera on Frying Pan Tower was able to capture the storm as it rolled in, including keeping a close eye on Kevin for views nation-wide.