Weakening Hurricane Matthew brings flooding to south-eastern US

Weakening Hurricane Matthew brings flooding to south-eastern US

Storm downgraded to post-tropical cyclone also causes power outages as it moves along Atlantic coast after devastating Haiti

A deteriorating Hurricane Matthew triggered severe flooding across North Carolina as it made its exit to the sea on Sunday, while hundreds of people had to be rescued from their homes and cars. The death toll in the US climbed to at least 17, almost half of the deaths occurring in North Carolina.

The storm was stripped of hurricane status just before daybreak, but the crisis, set off by more than a foot of rain, continued for many Carolina residents.

As the sun shines in North Carolina and blue sky returns, our state is facing major destruction and, sadly, death, Governor Pat McCrory said as the effects of the deluge became clearer at daylight.

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Rivers and creeks overflowed, driving people from their homes and trapping others as much as 100 miles inland. Unofficial rainfall totals were estimated at 18in in Wilmington, 14in in Fayetteville and 8in in Raleigh.

Shortly before daybreak, the hurricane was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. As of 8am ET, the storm was centered about 60 miles south-east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, moving out to sea. It still had hurricane-force winds of 75mph. Forecasters said North Carolina and Virginia could get even more rain and warned of the danger of life-threatening flooding through Monday night.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/09/hurricane-matthew-weakening-flooding-south-east-us-atlantic