15 US deaths reported from Hurricane Matthew

Storm downgraded to post-tropical cyclone after ‘record-breaking flooding’ in North Carolina

15 US deaths reported from Hurricane Matthew

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hurricane Matthew left 15 dead in the U.S. and hundreds more in the Caribbean before it moved off the east coast Sunday as a post-tropical cyclone.

 Matthew formed near the Windward Islands on Sept. 28 moving north to become a hurricane once it arrived in the eastern Caribbean, reaching Category 5 strength Oct. 1 with 160 mph (257 kph) winds before it made landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba mid last week.

According to Haiti's Civil Protection Service, more than 330 people were killed but some media outlets citied figures from local officials that claimed the death toll exceeded 800.

 Four others were killed by the storm in the Dominican Republic and one each in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island.

 Late last week, after hammering the Bahamas, the hurricane moved to the southeastern U.S. coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, forcing the evacuation of nearly 2 million residents.

 Seven of the deaths in the U.S. were in North Carolina, five in Florida and three in Georgia, authorities said.

Matthew was downgraded early Sunday to a post-tropical cyclone as it moved out to sea offshore North Carolina with a  75 mph wind speed.

Heavy rainfall in eastern North Carolina caused “record-breaking flooding”, according to the National Hurricane Center.

 The state experienced a devastating flood that followed Hurricane Floyd in 1999 when the Neuse River in Goldsboro rose to 28.9 feet.

Forecasters warned that the river might hit 30.9 by early Monday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ekim 2016, 09:52