Matthew's NC death toll rises; damages in billions

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew is estimated to have a pricey bill.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Officials estimate Hurricane Matthew has done $10 billion in damage overall. 

The storm damaged more than one million structures and forced the closure of businesses from Florida to North Carolina, and by late-Thursday, Matthew had claimed two more lives, bringing North Carolina's death toll to 22. 

In the first of the latest deaths, Governor McCrory says a vehicle drove around a barricade on a closed road in Lenoir County and drove into a washed-out section of the roadway and drowned. The second occurred in Robeson County; a man walking in a neighborhood fell into a hole of an uprooted and tree and couldn't get out and lost his life. 

A third possible fatality is still being investigated, Governor McCrory says. 

"Please be safe, stay off the roads," McCrory urged. 

"Princeville is basically underwater at this point. I just flew over Princeville... and officials there have done an outstanding job of ensuring the entire town was evacuated." 

"I can't praise them enough; we've not had a loss of life in a town that's completely underwater at this point in time-- it's around 10- to 12-feet, from what I saw."

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, McCrory showed video of his touring of flooding in Princeville by air. The devastation is apparent. 

"People are suffering, people have lost their homes, people have lost their cars, people have lost all their belongings, their medicine and even sadly, their pets," McCrory said. 

McCrory says the goal as of now is to get power back on in shelters and medicine to those who are missing prescriptions. 

Students at South Piedmont Community College in Charlotte are collecting and sending items to some of North Carolina's most impacted areas including Kingston and Lumberton. These items range from water to shoes to blankets and will be given to those who need them most.

Piedmont Community College is still taking donations through Thursday at their Polk and Wadesboro campuses.

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