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Death toll rises to 8 in Matthew flood waters


Matthew, now a post-tropical cyclone, is blamed for eight deaths in North Carolina after rushing flood waters swept numerous cars off the roadways overnight.

Matthew dumped torrents of water over the weekend, creating the worst flooding the state has seen since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Highway Patrol said two women died after their vehicle was swept off Monzingo Road in Pitt County around 2:41 a.m.

In Johnston County, a woman died when the car she was in was swept off Interstate-95 at mile marker 83 near Four Oaks around 3 a.m.

Also in Johnston County, Highway Patrol said five people travelling on Cornwallis Road near NC-42 were swept off the roadway. Four of the passengers escaped and were able to cling to nearby trees. The fifth person was carried away and died, troopers said.

At a Saturday afternoon news conference, Gov. McCrory said one person in Sampson County and two people in Bladen County have died as a result of the storm. The first person was killed when their car hydroplaned. The two in Bladen died in a flooded vehicle.

The Harnett County Sheriff says a person drowned after they drove past a barricade near Carolina Drive and was swept away into a creek. The body of the unidentified person was found in the vehicle after it was pulled from the water.

Here’s what you need to know as of Sunday morning:

  • A boil water advisory has been issued for the Fayetteville, Sanford and Lee County. Spring Lake is asking residents to conserve water.

  • 8 people in Sampson, Bladen, Pitt, Johnston and Harnett counties have died.

  • Parts of I-40 and I-95 remain closed due to flooding

  • Over 501,000 people are without power across the state

  • 59 shelters are open in 23 counties

  • Officials are monitoring dams across NC, particularly in Hoke, Moore, and Bladen counties. Lake Benson in Wake County is also a concern

  • The rain is tapering off, but flooding will continue to be a major issue.

  • Matthew is moving east out of our area. The sun comes out Sunday, but it will still be breezy

Many residents are also dealing with downed trees and power lines.

Rainfall of 5-8 inches fell around the Triangle and 10-15 inches from Fayetteville to Goldsboro.

Multiple counties and municipalities have declared states of emergency. The City of Fayetteville declared a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as a precaution.

Watch: Matthew causes a mess in the Triangle area

There have been dozens of water rescues across central and southern North Carolina as roads flood and homes become inundated.

In Wake County, a swift water rescue boat pulled a man from the top of his car after he was stuck in high water near Fuquay-Varina.

Interstate 40 is closed in both directions between I-95 and the NC-242 interchange. I-95 is closed in Cumberland County. Dozens of smaller roads are closed across the region.


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In Raleigh, flood-prone Crabtree Valley Mall closed Saturday afternoon as a precaution.

ABC11 Meteorologist Don ‘Bigweather’ Schwenneker says while Matthew has moved out to sea, the rain it left behind has been devastating. Raleigh set a record for October 8th with 6.45″ of rain! The Neuse River is expected to rise two feet above the historic level set during Hurricane Floyd.

It been worse in Fayetteville where 14 inches of rain in 24 hours, shattering their old record.

WATCH: Hurricane Matthew’s strong winds at the NC coast

Flash flooding is still a concern in the Sandhills. Officials are asking people to stay home if they can and to never drive through water over the road.

Read more: Sandhills dams near failure, Fayetteville calls for curfew

Friday, President Obama approved Gov. Pat McCrory’s request for a federal disaster declaration for 66 counties in central and eastern North Carolina.

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is also warning residents about scams connected to Matthew.

RELATED: North Carolina officials warning residents about Hurricane Matthew scams

The Red Cross has shelters open across the state.


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