As North Carolina reeled from Matthew’s devastating flooding, officials announced Sunday that the storm killed at least eight people in the state, and 18 overall in the U.S.
Dozens of people — including a woman and her small child — had to be rescued from their cars as life-threatening flash floods surprised many in North Carolina. Rivers and creeks overflowed, driving people from their homes.
The unofficial rainfall totals were staggering: 18 inches in Wilmington, 14 inches in Fayetteville and 8 inches in Raleigh. “This is a very, very serious and deadly storm,” Gov. Pat McCrory said.
Officials in Haiti said the storm killed more than 500 people when it tore across the country as a hurricane.
Shortly before daybreak, the hurricane was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. As of 8 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 60 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, moving out to sea. It still had hurricane-force winds of 75 mph.