NC governor: Dangers from Matthew will continue as rivers crest

TARBORO, N.C. (AP/WAVY) — Gov. Pat McCrory is warning that the dangers posed by Hurricane Matthew will continue in North Carolina through at least the end of the week.

McCrory said at a news conference Sunday that rivers will crest close to or above record levels, many set when Hurricane Floyd struck in September 1999.

The National Weather Service is forecasting major river flooding across eastern North Carolina through early to mid-week.

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(Photo: @GovOfficeNC/Twitter)

The governor says nine people have died in the storm. Five people are missing.

Evacuation orders are in place or being considered in other cities. A mandatory evacuation began Sunday in Princeville, the oldest town in the nation incorporated by freed slaves. The town was rebuilt after Floyd, which left 23 feet of water in the town.

Floyd drenched eastern North Carolina with 20 inches of rain, causing at least 51 deaths and at least $6 billion in damage.

Sound-side storm surges of three to six feet are expected in the Outer Banks, Pamlico Sound and Albemarle Sound. McCrory said Hatteras has been hit especially hard, with 60 percent of homes there flooded.

Already there have been more than 1,000 rescues using 58 boat crews and 334 rescue techs.

More than 75 emergency shelters have opened in central and eastern North Carolina. More than 3,000 people are currently being house there. If you need information about nearby shelter, housing or other storm-related details, call 211.

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(Photo: @GovOfficeNC/Twitter)