About 4,000 In Red Cross Shelters In NC

The Red Cross reports that nearly 4,000 people spent the night in shelters as Hurricane Matthew dumped rain across the eastern and central parts of North Carolina.

The Red Cross said in a statement that 3,824 people stayed in 80 Red Cross or partner shelters Saturday night because of power outages, flooded and closed roads, and water shortages.

The Red Cross expects the number of people in shelters to increase as people discover flood and storm damage to their homes.


The agency said 14 emergency response vehicles were going into communities Sunday to distribute food and cleanup kits to residents.

More than 180 Red Cross volunteers are involved in the efforts.

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued 10 people in North Carolina, including eight from rooftops in Pinetops in Edgecombe County, as state reels from the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The Coast Guard says in a news release that an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City on Sunday morning and took the eight people to Pitt-Greenville Airport.

In addition, the Coast Guard rescued two people stranded Saturday night when their fishing vessel ran aground in Shallotte. Officials say the two were stranded on a marshy island in the Lockwood Folly River.

A crew from Savannah, Georgia, hoisted the two about midnight and took them to the airport in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Their vessel, Kokopia, remains aground with 300 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.
 

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