Hurricane Matthew Leaves North Carolina With Major Flooding

Oct 9, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory gives an update after Hurricane Matthew.
Credit UNC-TV

 Updated 5:06 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016

Many sections of U.S. 158 have deep standing water, and U.S. 64 in Manns Harbor is inaccessible due to downed trees - both main routes to the Outer Banks.

Here are details on N.C. 12 from Dare County's morning press release:

"Overnight, flooding has caused dangerous road conditions prompting the closure of roads throughout Dare County, including Highway 12 from the intersection at NC 1243 (Bodie Island) south to Rodanthe and portions of Highway 12 from Southern Shores to Duck. Other closures included portions of Gull Street in Nags Head, some roadways in downtown Manteo, and portions of Colington Road and Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills."

 

Updated 9:50 a.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hurricane Matthew dropped historic amounts of rainfall on North Carolina, from the coast to the Triangle and points east, causing widespread flooding and power outages.

"As the sun rises in North Carolina and the blue skies return, North Carolina faces major problems and loss of life," said Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday morning.

Officials confirm seven storm-related deaths in the state.

Cumberland County and Fayetteville received more than 14 inches of rain between midnight Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officials in Fayetteville are urging people not to travel today, due to continued flooding and so as not to interfere with continued rescue efforts.

Ninety-five people had to be evacuated from a shelter in Fayetteville at the Salvation Army after the facility began to flood.

I-95 is closed near Lumberton and Benson, and I-40 is closed south of Raleigh.

"This is still an extremely dangerous situation," McCrory said. "We’re going to have some major issues with rivers flooding."

Rivers are not expected to peak until Monday or Tuesday, and are expected to be as much as 20 to 25 feet above flood stage.

Other hurricane-related updates:

  • Local states of emergency have been declared in 43 communities.
  • A tree fell and destroyed Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s house in north Raleigh.
  • As of mid-morning Sunday, there were more than 760,000 power outages in central and eastern North Carolina.

WUNC will update this story throughout the day.