DISCUSSION: Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, now it is time to assess damage and continually assist those in need of aid.
Georgia - Storm surge has left many roads inundated and unoccupied as the state cleans up post-passage. With 3 deaths in the state attributed to Matthew, police and emergency personnel are urging residents to proceed with caution. As of Saturday, nearly 400,000 residents were left without power. Tybee Island remaining of concern as its low-lying barrier island closed to residents, but to some surprise, destruction not nearly as feared. Cleanup according to several officials is expected to take weeks to possibly months.
South Carolina - Similarly several roads in the state flooded and contributed 3 deaths due to such flooding. Recent reports indicating Civil War era cannonballs washing ashore at Folly Beach. Governor Nikki Haley stating more than 800,000 without power as Matthew dumped record breaking precipitation with storm surge again being the largest issue for flooding.
North Carolina - With 8 killed amid severe flooding, this state was another not immune to the effects of storm surge. Precipitation totals include 8 inches in the Raleigh/Durham area with nearly 18 inches recorded in Wilmington. The flooding conditions are expected to continue thought Monday. By Sunday morning according to The Charlotte Observer, 900 water rescues have been made with 562 of them coming from Cumberland County.
Virginia and North Carolina are expected to see lingering effects as Matthew continues its journey in the Atlantic.
As of 2100 UTC, the National Hurricane Center has discontinued all tropical storm warnings following the downgrade to post-tropical cyclone Matthew.
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~Meteorologist Jessica Olsen