Matthew triggers severe flooding in NC; US death toll at 16


The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET Sunday update that the center of the storm was about 30 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and had sustained winds of about 75 mph (120 kpm).

SC governor Nikki Haley said Saturday that 437,000 people were without power in the state. Four people remain missing in the county, she said.

Haley said during an evening news conference that an estimated 355,000 people had fled from coastal areas.

They beat their fists and screamed, their distress growing more intense as attendants opened the door of the morgue on Saturday to bring out the body of Roberto Laguerre, who was killed next to his 3-year-old daughter when Hurricane Matthew roared over this city in southwest Haiti as a Category 4 storm earlier this week.

Officials in Florida, which has been grappling with an outbreak of Zika, said they hoped the flooding would not worsen the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, which causes fever and birth deformities.

At least 10 lives have been lost in the USA from the former Hurricane Matthew, including an elderly Florida couple who appeared to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning while using a generator, The Associated Press has reported.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew also rescued a man stranded on a sailboat in a river near Tybee Island.

Emergency officials in North Carolina’s Lenoir County issued a mandatory evacuation order on Monday afternoon for residents and businesses along the Neuse River.

“We obviously lost power, and we have one building where part of the roof is missing – one of our new locations” on USA 1, closer to the Intracoastal Waterway, Conroy said. A lot of them were in the Savannah area.

Speaking at a political fundraiser in Chicago, Obama said that he has been in touch with the governors of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Mayor Jane Darby, who met with reporters at the entrance to Edisto Beach, said teams were surveying the town and there’s no early figure on how many homes were damaged or what the damage total might be.

“I’m committed. I’d rather be here with the people that support me and need me.” said Ratterree, who owns Nickie’s 1971 bar, about a block from Georgia’s largest public beach.

Matthew is still a Category 1 hurricane with winds sustained at 75 miles per hour, moving east-northeast at 13 miles per hour.

An unidentified woman is rescued from her vehicle which is floating in waist-deep water on flooded President Street after Hurricane Matthew caused flooding along the east coast of Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Savann.

Though Hurricane Matthew has moved out to sea, the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs until November 30, remains active.

The full extent of the disaster in North Carolina was still unclear, but it appeared that thousands of homes were damaged, and more were in danger of flooding. President Obama and governors in Florida, Georgia, and SC all declared states of emergency as thousands of flights were canceled, and some interstate highways were turned into one-way routes to speed up the flow of traffic.

“From a national-level standpoint, the Guard is very well postured to be able to support [missions] with well-trained soldiers and airmen in specific skill sets”, the general said.

While the crisis was far from over in North Carolina, other places to the south began getting back to normal, with millions relieved that the storm wasn’t the catastrophe that many had been bracing for.

Gov. Pat McCrory said authorities were searching for five people and feared they may find more victims.

Now weakened, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007 unleashed torrential rains and powerful winds as it churned slowly north after pummelling the southeastern coast of the United States, killing at least 11 people in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina since Thursday and leaving more than two million businesses and homes without power.

After pounding North Carolina and drenching parts of Virginia, it was expected to veer out to sea, lose steam and loop back around toward the Bahamas and Florida, too feeble to cause any trouble.

Driving has been treacherous as many roads are closed and parts of Interstate 95 in North Carolina, a major highway that runs through the East Coast, have been shut. “It’s the worst we’ve seen it”, Williams said. Of those, about 300,000 customers are in North Carolina and around 100,000 were in SC.

Emergency officials say a 63-year-old woman clung to a tree for three hours after floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew swept her auto into a canal in Wilson. Two women died in separate events when trees fell on a home and a camper.

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