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Hurricane Matthew dumped torrents of water on North Carolina Saturday creating the worst flooding the state has seen since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Rainfall of 5-8 inches fell around the Triangle and 10-15 inches from Fayetteville to Goldsboro.
The storm is blamed for multiple North Carolina deaths. At an 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 is presumed drowned after they drove past a barricade near Carolina Drive and was swept away into a creek.
Multiple counties and municipalities have declared states of emergency. The City of Fayetteville has declared a mandatory curfew from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Other cities have too.
Here’s what you need to know as of Saturday evening:
- Fayetteville has no city water. Spring Lake is asking residents to conserve water. A boil water advisory has been issued for the city of Sanford and Lee County
- 3 people in Sampson and Bladen counties have died, 1 person in Harnett County is presumed dead
- 650,000 people are without power
- 59 shelters are open in 23 counties
- Officials are monitoring dams across NC, particularly in Hoke, Moore, and Bladen counties
- The rain is tapering off this evening, but flash flooding will continue to be a major issue. The winds will continue to howl, with gusts of 35-45 mph overnight. There could be some more power outages.
- Matthew will be leaving our coast overnight and tomorrow the sun comes out, but it will still be breezy
There have been dozens of water rescues across central and southern North Carolina as roads flood and homes become inundated.
We are monitoring dams across NC, particularly in Hoke, Moore & Bladen counties. Some evacuations already in Hoke bc two dams near failure.
— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) October 8, 2016
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 Chris Hohmann says by 2 a.m. Sunday, Matthew should pull out to sea, but the rain it’s left behind has been devastating. By 7 p.m., Goldsboro had seen 15 inches of rain. The Neuse River is expected to rise two feet above the historic level set during Hurricane Floyd.
It been just as bad in Fayetteville where more than 14 inches had fallen as of 7 p.m. The Triangle has seen more than six inches.
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Flash flooding is the major concern, especially in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain. 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 Hurricane Matthew.
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The Red Cross has shelters open across the state.
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