Matthew death count reaches 24 in NC

RALEIGH (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the death toll from Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath has risen by two people, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 24.

He told reporters on Friday that the latest storm-related deaths were in Cumberland County and Lenoir County but offered few other details.

Flooding triggered by Matthew has left at least 40 dead in the U.S. The hurricane killed more than 500 people in Haiti.

McCrory spoke after touring Edgecombe County, about 60 miles east of Raleigh, where the town of Princeville flooded.

He said as many as nine out of 10 houses in the town of about 2,000 residents have taken on water. He said in some places the water is as deep as 10 feet.

Aerial news footage from midday showed the water had nearly reached the roofline of the town hall about one story off the ground.

Meanwhile, officials in Pender County northwest of Wilmington, say only rooftops are visible on some homes in the flood zone there. More than 200 have been affected by the waters from the Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River.

The flooding could affect downtown Wilmington and riverside roads in New Hanover County this weekend.

© 2017 Associated Press


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