Four dead in NC due to Hurricane Matthew; state of emergency declared for Durham Co.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Four deaths have been reported in North Carolina due to Hurricane Matthew.
One victim hydroplaned and crashed in Sampson County and two other were in a submerged vehicle in Bladen County, Gov. Pat McCrory said during a Saturday afternoon press conference.
The fourth victim drowned in Harnett County after the sheriff said the victim drove past a barricade and was swept away into a creek, according to WTVD.
McCrory said there are more than 200,000 people in North Carolina without power. He urged residents to be careful because there are powerlines covered by debris.
“We don’t want to see anymore loss of life in North Carolina,” he said.
McCrory said he was also concerned about potential tornadoes, especially in the eastern part of the state.
“We have some rivers that could be cresting Monday,” he said. “Hundreds of structures could be impacted.”
Category 1 Hurricane Matthew made landfall late Saturday morning over South Carolina’s central coast, and the storm’s sea surges and rainfall appeared poised to threaten life-threatening inland flooding for that state and North Carolina as the storm crawled to the northeast.
Matthew’s center crossed near McClellanville, S.C., between Charleston and Myrtle Beach before 11 a.m. Three hours later, the center was over Myrtle Beach, with maximum winds just above hurricane threshold at 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm has killed hundreds in the Caribbean and at least four people in Florida, and left swaths of damage and hundreds of thousands of power outages along parts of the US southeast from Florida to the Carolinas.
Though the storm has weakened, serious threats remain: Up to 15 inches of rain are possible near and east of Interstate 95, the hurricane center said.
CNN contributed to this report