RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Matthew has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it continues what appears to be the last leg of its march up the East Coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET Sunday update that the center of the storm was about 30 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and had sustained winds of about 75 mph (120 kpm).
The previous Category 5 hurricane had been weakening even as it lashed Georgia and the Carolinas on Saturday, leaving in its wake millions of Americans relieved that one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. wasn’t that bad after all.
By Saturday night, North Carolina felt the brunt of Matthew, with more than a foot of rain falling in the southeastern part of the state, causing life-threatening flash flooding.
Below are the latest updates Matthew (all times local):
A second death related to Hurricane Matthew has been reported in South Carolina.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release Sunday that a man was found outside his nursing home in Columbia, pinned beneath his electric wheelchair and face-down in standing water from the rains of the storm.
Watts said 66-year-old David L. Outlaw was found shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday. Outlaw was taken to Providence Northeast Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His was the second weather-related death in South Carolina. Overall, at least 16 people have died in the U.S. from the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Watts said an autopsy indicated that Outlaw drowned. Watts said his office and the sheriff’s department are investigating.
A woman who answered the phone at the center would not comment Sunday afternoon.
South Carolina has recorded its first fatality related to Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath.
Gov. Nikki Haley says the victim was in a car that was swept away in Florence County. More details weren’t immediately available.
That death brings to 15 the number of weather-related deaths in the U.S. from Matthew. Seven people died in North Carolina; three were killed in Florida. Four died in Georgia. Some were killed by falling trees, others by carbon monoxide fumes from a generator.
Haley says nearly 750,000 customers remain without power in the state, down from the peak of about 850,000.
North Carolina’s governor says the death toll in his state from Hurricane Matthew has risen from three to seven.
Gov. Pat McCrory also said the state faces “major destruction” in the aftermath of the storm, and he is asking the federal government for help.
Water rescues are underway not only along coastal areas but inland as well.
Matthew was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday, but McCrory said that “the storm is not over for North Carolina.”
The total U.S. death toll from the storm stands at 14. Four deaths were reported in Florida and three occurred in Georgia.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says hurricane-force wind gusts are battering North Carolina’s Outer Banks, even though Matthew was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday.
The center said in its 8 a.m. ET Sunday update that the center of the storm was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and had maximum sustained winds of near 75 mph (120 kpm).
A hurricane watch was still in effect for parts of coastal North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, for the next 6 to twelve hours.
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