Deaths In NC Continue to Increase Days After Hurricane Matthew

Boats used to rescue people out of Lumberton, NC. The evacuations were ordered as a nearby river continues to rise.

RALEIGH - McCrory confirmed 12 people were killed and that there have been more than 1,400 water rescues.

McCrory also warned that in some areas flood waters will continue to rise.

“We’re going to see some record floods, and we’re real worried about the towns along those rivers,” he said.

Two people died in Bladen County when a car went into gully that had washed away a road. Another person died when a car hydroplaned and crashed in Sampson County.

Below is a breakdown of the storm-related deaths reported in North Carolina so far:

  • Two people were killed Saturday in Bladen County when a car traveled through a washed-out road.
  • One in Sampson County on Saturday when a male driver hydroplaned his vehicle and struck a tree.
  • One in Rowan County on Saturday when a female victim died in a storm-related house fire. No other details were provided.
  • One in Wilson County on Saturday when a vehicle drove into flood waters.
  • One in Pitt County on Sunday when a female drove into standing water.
  • One in Johnston County on Sunday when a vehicle was swept away when the driver went across a flood-covered bridge.
  • One in Johnston County on Sunday when a vehicle traveling through flood waters ran off the road. Three people in the car were rescued and one other person is missing.
  • One in Johnston County on Sunday when a vehicle traveling on Interstate 95 was swept off the road and into Hannah Creek.
  • One in Harnett County when a male driver drove around a barricade and into flood waters. The state did not release a date for that death.
  • One in Gates County

Cumberland County officials said initial reports had four people are unaccounted for due to high water. A person is also missing Harnett County, McCrory said.

Two of those missing in Cumberland County have been accounted for.

The Fayetteville Police Department said Boris Abbey, 43, is missing following Matthew. Abbey was last seen in the area of Morganton Road and Westlake Apartments around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Christy Woods, 45, was last seen in the area of the 1900 block of Ireland Drive Sunday just after noon. Police said Woods disappearance may not be related to the storm.

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