Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone after causing a week of carnage through the Caribbean that killed nearly 900 people in Haiti. In the United States, the death toll rose to 17 people.
Five people are reported missing and more than 2 million U.S. homes and businesses lost power.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McRory expects more deaths.
Many coastal and inland communities are still under water, either from coastal storm surge or overrun rivers and creeks, and dangerous conditions existed from downed power lines and damaged homes.
Ormond beach Municipal Airport was also hit badly by the hurricane:
All 2,000 residents of Princeville, the oldest town in the United States incorporated by African Americans, were told on Sunday afternoon to evacuate due to the risk of flash floods.
Deputies went from house to house to spread the word about the mandatory order. The town, which was devastated by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, lies on the Tar River about 25 miles (40 km) north of Greenville. The river was projected to set a flood record of 28.4 feet (8.7 meters), about 10 feet (3 meters) higher than normal at nearby Rocky Mount on Sunday, Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Raper said.
The flood stage for the Princeville Tar River is 19 ft. The current level is 19ft. It is projected to reach 35 ft by tomorrow. 🙏😭😰— Tobias Hopkins (@X_Blackk_Magic) October 9, 2016
Several dams have also breached in the area around Cumberland County, south of Raleigh, Michael Martin, fire marshal for the city of Fayetteville, said.
Though the devastation caused by Matthew is great in the United States; Haiti bore most of the brunt where the hurricane unleashed its fiercest devastation. The storm slammed into Haiti with 145 233 kph winds and torrential rains that have left 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
More than 1,000 people have been killed by the natural disaster and its resulting outbreak of cholera.
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