Twitter is often used for hot takes, sharing memes, and passing along information. But for North Carolina resident, Breeanna Perry, the social media app was a lifesaver.
When Tropical Storm Florence landed in North and South Carolina, Perry says her home was safe and dry at first. But it quickly changed.
“I came back in the house, we still had power, and everything, everybody was okay, we were just in our rooms watching TV," Perry told KDVR. “I actually put my feet on the ground to go talk to my mom, and i start being shocked, and I realized there was water on the ground and we had to turn the power off and after that the water was just coming in within minutes."
With the water rushing in, Perry, her mother, and her grandmother went to the attic. But without electricity, it was difficult for them to reach out for help. Luckily, Perry thought to go to Twitter.
Perry said she "didn't expect [the tweet] to go viral." But it did. Over 6,000 retweets and a few hours later, Perry and her family were rescued from their home. Her family is also seeking help to recover what they lost with a GoFundMe page. So far, they've raised $780 of their $5,000 goal.