Residents of the southeastern United States ravaged by Hurricane Matthew turned their focus on Monday toward recovery and cleanup, but officials in several states warned that deadly flooding could continue as rain-swollen rivers crest in coming days. The flooding disaster — more than a foot in places — is forecast to flow into rivers and downstream, likely to cause more inundation in many of the same places devastated by a similar deluge from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The rainfall totals were staggering: Nearly 15 inches in Fayetteville, N.C., and 8 inches in Raleigh, N.C. Much of Savannah, Ga., which had 17 inches of rain, was still without electricity. Many coastal and inland communities remained underwater, either from coastal storm surge or overrun rivers and creeks.
Hurricane Matthew is off the map. But it is still with us. And it is still deadly.North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory
The storm killed more than 500 people in Haiti and at least 18 in the U.S. — nearly half of them in North Carolina. Most were swept away by floodwaters. President Obama declared a state of emergency in Georgia and Florida, freeing federal money to help the states repair damaged infrastructure and remove debris.