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Governor: Matthew blamed for 10 deaths in NC, active rescues in Lumberton


Governor Pat McCrory said Monday there have been 10 deaths in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew. Five people are still missing. Officials say most of the dead died when rushing flood waters swept their cars off roads.

During a news conference, the governor also said a levee has breached near Lumberton and some 1,500 people are stranded. There are active rescues using helicopters and boats.

McCrory has warned that the dangerous flooding will continue to be an issue this week after Matthew dumped torrents of rain on our state over the weekend – creating the worst flooding since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Due to the number of roads flooded, overflowing waterways and clogged storm drains, the National Weather Center has extended a flood warning for much of the ABC11 viewing area until late tonight.

The governor has stressed that this will be a prolonged event. In an update Sunday afternoon, McCrory said that many eastern towns should expect flooding throughout the week. Kinston could face the worst flooding it has ever seen, according to McCrory. Evacuations were underway in Princeville and voluntary evacuations of low-lying Goldsboro.

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McCrory has signed a major disaster declaration.

“Right now, as we speak, people are trapped in their homes,” McCrory said Sunday morning.

As of Monday morning, over 517,000 are without power in North Carolina – down from a peak of more than 770,000 homes and businesses on Sunday.

Monday morning update from Duke Energy Spokesman Tom Williams

McCrory said there have been 1,000 swift water rescues since Saturday; 700 rescues were in Cumberland County alone.

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

  • Evacuations in Princeville and Goldsboro

  • A boil water advisory has been issued for Fayetteville, Johnston County, Sanford, Lee County, Asbury Water District, Spring Lake, and parts of Wayne County.

  • 10 people in North Carolina have died.

  • 3 parts of I-95 remain closed in Fayetteville/Lumberton area due to flooding, 1 part of I-40 near Benson also closed

  • Eastern towns could experience flooding throughout the week. Kinston expects the worst it’s ever seen.

  • Around 517,000 are without power across the state

  • Officials are assessing overtopping, breaches and failures throughout the state, particularly in Hoke, Moore, and Bladen counties. Levee breached in Lumberton.

Gov. Pat McCrory gives afternoon update on Matthew damage

The NC Highway Patrol initially told ABC11 two women died after their vehicle was swept off Monzingo Road in Pitt County around 2:41 a.m. Sunday. Troopers later corrected that information, telling ABC11 one person died in the flood waters.

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.

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. Sunday afternoon he was identified as 74-year-old Charles Luther Strickland of Dunn. His body was found in the vehicle after it was pulled from the water.

Another person died in a storm-related fire in Rowan County.

The Coast Guard rescued 8 people from rooftops Sunday morning in Pinetops. Chopper 11 HD was over the town later in the afternoon and saw much of it completely flooded. A rescue boat was checking for anyone in danger.

The Silver Lake dam breached Sunday morning. Chopper 11 was over the scene to capture footage of the rushing water.

Woodlake Dam in Moore County is also in danger of breaching, according to county officials. Public Safety instructed those near the dam to evacuate.

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.

Watch: Triangle businesses, homeowners begin cleanup in wake of Matthew

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.



ABC11 Meteorologist Don ‘Bigweather’ Schwenneker said even though it’s going to be dry for the week ahead, it’s going take time for all this water to move away. “We still have roads underwater and areas where the water is not draining due to debris” Bigweather continued, “If you see water over a roadway, you need to treat it seriously and don’t drive through it!”

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

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: Hundreds of rescues in Fayetteville

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.


Steve Stewart explains why some trees topple in a storm

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