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Aftereffects of Hurricane Matthew linger along the Atlantic Coast

A Baptist church is surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Matthew hit Lumberton, North Carolina October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

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.

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1.6M

WITHOUT POWER

Hurricane Matthew aftermath

While power was being restored in some areas, 1.6 million people were without power in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia, down Sunday's peak of 2.2 million.

$4B-$6B

INSURED LOSSES

Hurricane property damage

Property data firm CoreLogic projected that insured losses on home and commercial properties would amount from $4 billion to $6 billion, well below Hurricane Katrina's $40 billion and Superstorm Sandy's $20 billion.

Hurricane Matthew

On October 3, the governors of Florida and North Carolina declared a state of emergency. The next day, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley recommended an evacuation for those residents living within one hundred miles of the coast. Interstate 26 in South Carolina eastbound between the coast and Columbia was reversed on Wednesday to facilitate movement away from the Lowcountry and Charleston areas.

Hurricane Floyd

Hurricane Floyd was a very powerful Cape Verde-type hurricane which struck the east coast of the United States. It was the sixth named storm, fourth hurricane, and third major hurricane in the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season. Floyd triggered the third largest evacuation in US history(behind Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Rita, respectively) when 2.6 million coastal residents of five states were ordered from their homes as it approached.
Norfolk, Va., which declared a state of emergency, said efforts were underway to clear streets of debris and abandoned vehicles.

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Patients arrived every 10 or 15 minutes, brought on motorcycles by relatives with vomit-covered shoulders and hoisted up the stairs into southwest Haiti's Port-a-Piment hospital, where they could rest their weak, cholera-sapped limbs.
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Matthew unearths Civil War cannonballs in South Carolina

A bomb squad is at a South Carolina beach after Hurricane Matthew apparently unearthed old Civil War cannonballs from the sand.
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Matthew devastates Florida sands key to protection, tourism

The sand on Florida's beaches is the equivalent of tourism gold, and its disappearance over time threatens the state's No. 1 industry. While Hurricane Matthew didn't ravage Florida's coast as a series of storms did a dozen years ago, it collapsed dunes, washing away sand that protected buildings and roads during storms, and will likely require the spending of millions of dollars on beach restoration projects.
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