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McCrory: No new storm-related deaths overnight in Matthew aftermath

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) -

No new storm-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina, McCrory said during a press conference Thursday morning. 

McCrory spoke around 9 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh to provide residents on Hurricane Matthew's impact on the state. 

McCrory said there's lots of "good news," compared to updates given over the past several days. The federal government has approved $5 million of early release federal highway funds for emergency repairs in North Carolina, McCrory said.

"We have to do serious engineering assessments," McCrory said, focusing on structural work of bridges and roads. 

Interstate-95 remains closed from Lumberton to Fayetteville, McCrory says, with water still high in Lumberton. 

Seventeen counties have disaster declarations for individual assistance and 34 counties for public assistance, McCrory says. He is hopeful other counties will be added to the declaration.

The "poorest of poor" are the most impacted by these floods, McCrory said. He pointed to people in the state and country stepping up to donations, providing help that residents are thankful for. The governor said the NC disaster relief fund for Hurricane Matthew has been "activated."

"State officials are still monitoring the Cape Fear, Neuse and Tar rivers, which are forecasted for major flooding through this week. The Neuse River at Goldsboro has exceeded record stage and is currently receding. The Lumber River crested earlier this week, but officials are continuing to monitor the levels of it and other smaller bodies of water," a release from McCrory's office said.

Below is more information released from the governor's office: 

  • Neuse River at Kinston is forecasted to crest near record stage on late Friday
  • Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw is currently cresting
  • Tar River at Tarboro is currently cresting
  • Tar River at Greenville is forecast to peak early Friday morning

Power outages have decreased to around 56,00. That's down from 800,000 on Sunday. Evacuations have been ordered for Greenville, Princeville, the Black River Basin in Pender County, Bladen County, various areas in Lenoir County and the Woodlake Dam area of Moore County.

McCrory said Wednesday storm-related deaths had climbed to 20 people. 

He continues to warn residents of environmental dangers of the standing floodwaters. 

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