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North Carolina death toll from Hurricane Matthew climbs to 20, Gov. McCrory says

Twenty people have died in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Pat McCrory said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

McCrory said during a press conference Wednesday morning that hundreds of people are in shelters throughout the state, with many coming from Robeson County.  Currently, there are 43 shelters open with more than 3,800 occupants.

There have been more than 2,000 people rescued from flood waters thus far, with 50 overnight rescues. There have been 80 aviation rescues.

The 20 storm-related fatalities in North Carolina brings the official U.S. death toll to at least 30 -- with more people waiting to be rescued. McCrory said most deaths were due to drowning but one person died after a vehicle hydroplaned and hit a tree.

Officials are monitoring the Lumbee, Cape Fear, Neuse and Tar rivers for cresting. Moore County is under an ongoing evacuation in the Woodlake Dam area.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 185,504 people in the state are still without power.

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

  • Parts of Interstate 95 remain closed from Lumberton to Fayetteville
  • A 7-mile stretch of Interstate 40 near Newton Grove is closed

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