North Carolina bears the brunt of Matthew, flood warning remains

North Carolina bears the brunt of Matthew, flood warning remains

"Hurricane Matthew is off the map".

Still, the Caribbean fared far worse, with Matthew taking more than 900 lives in Haiti. Ezekiel Crowe, 10, escaped the floods in Fayetteville on Saturday with his parents and seven brothers and sisters when a police boat plucked them from an apartment as the waters rose. There was one death each in Virginia and SC, according to local officials.

The attractive waterfront district of St. Augustine is submerged in sea water and low-level ground nearby is inundated.

Hurricane Matthew's has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but that's done little to diminish its potential for damage along the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia after battering the east coast of Florida Friday. "(We're) hearing 50 to 60 people are refusing the evacuation order".

Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Dawn Brantley said Monday that the death was storm-related, but the person hasn't been named.

The state has not released the names of the victims.

The North Carolina deaths involved drivers or their passengers who entered flooded roads, officials said. All but one have involved motor vehicles. Severe flooding problems are occurring across the eastern part of North Carolina.

"Time to get out of here", Washington said.

Today over 700,000 customers remain without power across the five states.

Georgia Power reports that about 75,000 of its customers remained without power Tuesday morning. In many areas, the deluge followed similarly troublesome rainfall just a week or so before. Pat McCrory said at his second news conference of the day. Service in Florida has been restored except where CSX lines cross a passenger rail system in the Orlando area, she said.

Matthew was long gone from the Atlantic coast early Monday, but the devastation lingered, most notably in North Carolina, where flooded cities tried to dry out and those downstream kept a close eye on rising rivers. Officials said a dam in danger of a breach after the storm was holding, so far. Communities such as Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island remained closed to residents who had evacuated from their homes days earlier.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center's website says the facility is focused on conservation and increasing awareness through sea turtle education, rehabilitation, and research programs. "This seems to be the worst one we've had in my career".

At least two of the five people reported missing in North Carolina have been found. McCrory and others fear the death toll may rise, though, as impatient people drive around road barricades into swiftly moving flood waters.

In Volusia County, Florida, an 89-year-old man was killed on Monday when he touched a downed power line, the local sheriff's office said on social media. "We have people on roofs as we speak", McCrory said. The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.

Ada Page, 74, spent two nights sleeping in a hard plastic folding chair at a shelter put together so hastily there were no cots and people had to walk outside in the back to use portable toilets.

One of the more unusual developments related to this storm involves Civil War-era cannonballs that washed ashore in SC.

About 500,000 structures in North Carolina didn't have power Monday.

Power outages in some areas may last several days.

While Hurricane Matthew dumped up to a foot of rain in parts of North Carolina, heavy rains all through September set the stage for the disaster.

Brooks said crews would be out again later Tuesday morning to finish.

Once the work is finished, it needs to be inspected before the Moore County residents could return home. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Tar River in Greenville on Monday, where the river was already at 19 feet and could reach 25 feet by Wednesday afternoon.

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