14 dead in NC due to Hurricane Matthew, more expected flooding in eastern counties

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There are 14 confirmed storm-related fatalities due to Hurricane Matthew, according to Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCrory said during a press conference Monday morning that there have been more than 2,000 people rescued from flood waters, with the majority coming from Cumberland and Robeson counties. There have also been nearly 100 aviation rescues.

President Obama on Monday declared a major disaster in North Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts. More than 1,000 National Guard vehicles have been deployed.

The storm’s U.S. death toll climbed to 24 on Monday, with North Carolina reporting the 14, Florida reporting four and three each in South Carolina and Georgia. There are reports of three missing people in North Carolina — two from Cumberland County and one from Johnston County.

As of Tuesday morning, 272,000 people in the state are still without power. Thirty-two school systems remain closed.

Officials expect more flooding in Edgecombe, Pitt, Lenoir, Greene and Bladen counties.

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 remain closed from Dunn south to Fayetteville, and from St. Pauls south through Lumberton
  • The westbound side of I-40 is closed between Newton Grove and Benson.
  • Parts of US-70 in both directions in Wayne and Lenoir Counties (east and west of Goldsboro)
  • Parts of NC Highway 12 in Dare County.

The latest updates on road closures can be found at ReadyNC.org, the ReadyNC mobile app or by calling 5-1-1.

Nearly 4,000 people are in 51 emergency shelters in central and eastern North Carolina. In the Lumberton area alone, 1,200 people are in shelters. Food and water has been distributed to those in need, and that effort is continuing. For those needing information, including nearby shelter, food and water and other storm-related details, call 2-1-1 for support.

McCrory says emergency officials are still working with FEMA and other counties to access the damage and help provide disaster aid. First responders and volunteers are partnering together to provide additional food and supplies to North Carolina shelter.