Edgecombe County town of Princeville being evacuated as floodwaters rise

A church in west Lumberton is flooded. (WTVD)

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. – Edgecombe County officials issued a mandatory evacuation of the Town of Princeville because of height of Tar River, according to WTVD.

All residents are encouraged to evacuate themselves if possible. There will be a mandatory curfew for the town starting at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Matthew, the deadly storm that’s spread misery from the Caribbean to the Carolinas, is no longer a hurricane. But it’s still packing a powerful punch.

The storm whipped North Carolina Sunday morning, causing “record-breaking” flooding and blowing powerful winds after killing at least 17 people in four states.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday Matthew was about 150 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and heading east at 15 mph.

The National Hurricane Center says Matthew is no longer a hurricane and is now considered a post-tropical cyclone. Despite its new title, it’s still packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) — the same as a Category 1 hurricane, forecasters said.

Matthew’s only change is in its “core structure,” hence the change to a cyclone, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. However, she warned, the change in name does not mean it’s any less dangerous.