Major Flooding in NC From Hurricane Matthew
Central and Eastern North Carolina has been hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. Major flooding in NC from the hurricane is taking place. Fayetteville, Rocky Mount and Pinetops received quite a bit of rain. Last night and today rivers and streams are coming out of their banks and flooding many business and homes. Tar River is flooding several areas in Rocky Mount blocking US 301 in many locations. Creeks are also flooding over their banks. Water rescues took place last night and continued into Sunday. Fayetteville is also experiencing major flooding. I-95 is blocked by flood conditions in Fayetteville and in Johnston County. Fayetteville is without electrical power and a curfew has been put in place overnight.
Princeville is under a mandatory evacuation Sunday afternoon as the Tar River is expected to spill over the levy built after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Some area of Greenville along the Tar River are also being evacuated due to the rising waterlevel. The Neuse River and the Cape Fear River are also expected to cause more flooding. Eight people in North Carolina are dead and 4 more remain missing due to the hurricane.
The coast has been hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. At first the Outer Banks was not expected to be in the path but Matthew had different ideas. It wasn’t so much the rain as it was the heavy surf and high winds. Many coastal towns have a curfew tonight due to the flooding and extensive damage. Hatteras Island took a big hit and was heavily damaged by soundside flooding and strong winds. There is beach erosion in the Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills area as well as Hatteras. Highway 12 is impassable in several areas. Many business are closed. Hatteras Island is without electrical power. School has been canceled for Monday. Travel to the Outer Banks is not advised at this time until assessment, cleanup and power can be restored.
Travel to Eastern NC is not advised due to the major flooding in NC that is occurring until the river levels recede which will take several days. Many roads are still blocked due to flooding. Dams in many towns have burst and washed out roads. Wilson, NC is another town that has experienced flooded roads. The weather was beautiful today but the danger is still present. It will take several days for the rivers and creeks to return to below flood stage. Many county and city schools and business will be closed Monday. These major flood conditions in these areas will continue to remain a dangerous condition for several more days. Please stay off the road. Sightseeing is discouraged by local law enforcement. The added traffic congestion just adds to the problem. If you must travel please do not drive thru flooded roads. Many water rescues today took place due to people riding around sightseeing and got into trouble when they drove through flooded areas.