11 dead in NC due to Hurricane Matthew, more than 1,500 stranded in Lumberton

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There are 11 confirmed storm-related fatalities due to Hurricane Matthew, according to Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCrory said during a press conference Monday morning that there are nearly 1,500 people stranded in Lumberton, North Carolina, and helicopters, boats and swift water rescue teams are currently rescuing people from their rooftops in the area.

In addition, mandatory evacuations have been made in Kinston, Greenville, Princeville and Neuse River Basic.

The deadly storm, which spread from the Carribean to the Carolinas, is no longer a hurricane but is still packing a powerful punch with record-breaking flood throughout North Carolina.

Hurricane Matthew is blamed for the 11 deaths in North Carolina, and more than 20 in the U.S. overall. Haiti’s death count is nearly 900.

As of 8 a.m. Monday morning, more than 493,000 people are without power in North Carolina.

“Blue skies have returned to North Carolina, but dangerous conditions remain,” said Governor McCrory in a news release. “As we have learned from previous hurricanes, the aftermath of the storm is often the deadliest. People who live near rivers, streams and levees must take extreme caution as the greatest threat to human life is rivers flooding in the coming days. Listen to your local officials and take all evacuation orders seriously.”

Numerous major interstates and roads, as well as hundreds of secondary roads remain closed. Among the major roads that are impacted include:

  • Parts of I-95 closed in multiple locations due to flooding… from Four Oaks south through Fayetteville and Lumberton
  • I-40 in several locations in Johnston County in and around Benson as well as in both directions near Exit 355 in Sampson County
  • Parts of US-70 in both directions in Wayne and Lenior Counties (east and west of Goldsboro)
  • Parts of NC Highway 12 in Dare County remain impassable due to sand and high water on the roadway.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation website released a list of areas expected to endure major flooding:

•    Neuse River in Clayton, Smithfield, Goldsboro and Kinston
•    Cape Fear River at Fayetteville
•    Little River in Cumberland County
•    Lumber River near Lumberton
•    Tar River in Rocky Mount, Tarboro and Greenville
•    Cashie River near Windsor
•    Rockfish Creek at Raeford
•    Town Creek at Pine Tops
•    Stony Creek at Rocky Mount
•    Crabtree Creek in Raleigh
•    Chowan River in Edenton

Travelers can get more information about road conditions by visiting ReadyNC.org.