Although it’s slowly moving out into the Atlantic, Matthew will continue to lash eastern North Carolina with heavy rainfall and strong winds Sunday, and as a result massive flooding will continue to plague that part of the state, CNN meteorologist Jennifer Varian said. People grew increasingly frustrated when they were blocked from returning home by authorities who said the damage was still too severe.
The (Hilton Head) Island Packet reports that there was “mass confusion and anger” among returning hurricane evacuees in Beaufort County. The three new reported fatalities happened in Wilson County, Cumberland County and Wake County. “I’ve never seen a flood like this before”. Watts said everyone was safely removed from the motel about three miles from the coast and spent the night in a Red Cross shelter. “We are still in a risky situation”.
He said leaving before you’re given the all-clear puts the lives of rescue officials in danger. Helicopters and boats have been deployed to rescue those residents. Search and rescue operations were beginning Saturday morning.
“I’m going to ask for patience”.
Debbie Berta said she waited more than an hour to get propane gas for her grill.
Homes, restaurants and business have been lost, she said.
A bystander offered to assist her in finding help.
Chandler Brunson and her fiance were among several people on the island trying to make it back home after they evacuated.
“On the way to the church, the wind took them”, Ais said.
Officials again warn people against driving around barricades and to avoid flooded roads and bridges.
It turned out to be a homeless woman whose tent got washed away when Hurricane Matthew struck.
She left with a bystander who offered to assist her in finding help.
One in Rowan County on Saturday when a female victim died in a storm-related house fire. Storm surges could be life-threatening in areas, potentially reaching 6 to 9 feet from south of Savannah, Georgia, up through Edisto Beach, South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. Residents in several cities were urged to evacuate. Bobby Simpson, the utility’s storm director, said work crews were poised to start repairs as Matthew hit, but they got a surprise. And while most areas that were closed before and during the storm have been reopened, some local areas may remain closed because of flooding or other issues.
“It was raining really bad”, he said. “But I didn’t even have a single shingle off when I came outside this morning”. There have been almost 3,700 calls for service, and 1,454 were for traffic collisions, since the state of emergency was called.
Hurricane Matthew’s has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but that’s done little to diminish its potential for damage along the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia after battering the east coast of Florida Friday.
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which is the UN’s weather agency, had warned that the hurricane would remain risky regardless of whether or not it made landfall in the US.
But that doesn’t mean the past 118 years have been storm-free. Hurricane Matthew’s torrential rain. It discontinued all tropical storm warnings.
McCrory said Tuesday that the trooper and two deputies encountered the man while going through high water in a Humvee around 8 p.m. Monday. “Streets are flooded. the main factor here in St. Augustine thus far is fallen-down trees, sheets of rain, powerful wind gusts and flooding”.
The city said that some 200 vehicles were abandoned and many roads remained impassable. He said the amount of storm surge swamping the island, though significant, appeared to be less than officials had feared.
In Richland County, 66-year-old David L. Outlaw drowned after he was found under his electric wheelchair in standing water at the National Health Care facility in Columbia around 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Coroner Gary Watts said.