Matthew is no longer a hurricane as it makes its way further out to sea off the coast of North Carolina. It left a trail of destruction, not only in Florida and Georgia, but with widespread flooding in eastern North Carolina and South Carolina. VPC
As Hurricane Matthew begins to head east into the Atlantic as a post-tropical cyclone, the damage the storm caused has left four states — Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — picking up the pieces and dealing with heavy flooding.
Matthew has killed at least 15 people in the U.S. and left countless more without power.
Here is a breakdown of Hurricane Matthew’s impacts state-by-state:
Matthew barreled along Florida’s eastern coast all day Friday. While the storm never made landfall, four people in Florida died.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday that his state was “blessed” that Matthew did not make a direct hit. “It would have been a lot worse for our families.” Before the hurricane came, Scott had said, “This storm will kill you.”
Had the storm been 20 miles closer to the coast, the damage could have been much worse, meteorologists said.
Storm surges have also caused widespread flooding along the eastern coast.
More than 1.5 million in Florida were under evacuation orders and more than one million customers lost power.
Although Savannah and much of Georgia avoided Matthew’s worst effects, the storm still caused floods and power outages across the state.
St. Simons and Jekyll Islands faced what officials called a “1 in 500-year storm surge event” with a 9-foot wall of water carrying 25-foot waves.
Three people were killed in Georgia due to Matthew, and downed trees and closed roads hit much of the southeastern part of the state.
Matthew officially made landfall Saturday morning 40 miles northeast of Charleston, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since Gaston in 2004.
“We’re not seeing as much structural damage, which is the good news of that, as much as we’re seeing flooding,” Gov. Nikki Haley said.
One person in the state died from Matthew, AP reported, and at least 800,000 homes and businesses were without power.
Flood damage in North Carolina from Matthew has been deadly, leading to the rescue of at more than 880 people.
At least seven people in the state have died, and about 760,000 remain without power .
Rainfall totaled 16 inches in Tar Heel, 15 in Goldsboro, 12 in Fayetteville, 9 in Raleigh and 6 in Wilmington.
Gov. Pat McCrory warned Sunday that rivers aren’t expected to peak for another two days.
Princeville, a town of 2,000, was evacuated Sunday as the Tar River was expected to rise to 17 feet above flood stage by late Monday — a level not seen since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s house was “completely destroyed,” he added.
“Can you imagine clinging to a tree overnight?” McCrory asked. “I’m sure as the daylight comes, we’re going to see people trapped.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.