CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As Hurricane Matthew has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone and begun to move off towards the Atlantic, but not without wreaking havoc on the Carolina coast.
The storm caused massive power outages across North Carolina. The North Carolina Emergency Management tweeted early that there were 670,716 power outages statewide as of 1 a.m. Sunday.
1AM NC statewide power outages: 670,716 total; Duke Energy 494,041; Dominion 25,130; Co-Ops 149,195; ElectriCities 2,350 #MatthewNC— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) October 9, 2016
Rainfall has caused massive flooding throughout North Carolina and has continued into Sunday.
Morehead City warned residents at Hatteras Village that flooding levels will continue to increase throughout Sunday morning.
Since midnight, nearly 10 inches of rain has fallen in southeastern North Carolina, including Fayetteville, Lumberton, and even near Raleigh. Matthew’s rainfall adds to an already dangerous situation after an additional foot of rain fell in some of the same areas last week.
“This is a life-threatening situation,” Panovich said. “You cannot take this lightly. If you are in a flood-prone area or you’re driving in these areas, do not, let me repeat, do not drive into standing water.”
Closer to Charlotte, rainfall totals have remained in check. Some parts of Rowan County have seen up to four-and-a-half inches of rain in the last 12 hours, which has created a Flash Flood Warning for Cabarrus and Rowan counties.
During a 9 a.m. press conference, Governor McCrory stressed the dangers of the flooding, saying some areas of the state are expecting to see flooding comparable to Hurricane Floyd. Panovich echoed the Governor’s comments.
“This is going to rival Floyd, as well as Dennis in some locations for the amount of flooding in the eastern part of the state,” Panovich said.
As of 1:45 p.m., Duke Energy is reporting over 272,000 customers without power in North and South Carolina combined. Over 9,000 of those customers are in Mecklenburg County, where reports of trees and debris knocking down power lines have been made to local authorities.
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