Matthew’s winds wan­ing but f lood­ing to con­tinue

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - – AP

An­thony Write­bol (left) and his cousin, Melissa Hill, pad­dle past a stranded trac­tor trailer on High­way 211 in Lum­ber­ton, North Carolina, yes­ter­day. They were head­ing to meet friends who were go­ing to let them stay over after their neigh­bour­hood “way­farer” was flooded overnight by heavy rains as­so­ci­ated with Hur­ri­cane Matthew. THE US Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter says that Matthew’s winds are di­min­ish­ing along the North Carolina coast, but that wa­ter lev­els will re­main el­e­vated.

The cen­tre said in its 5 p.m. ET Sun­day up­date that the cen­tre of the storm was about 200 miles (320 kilo­me­tres) east-south­east of Cape Hat­teras, North Carolina, and had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of near 75 mph (120 kpm).

The cen­tre, in what will be its last up­date on the rem­nants of Matthew, says life-threat­en­ing flood­ing will con­tinue over por­tions of east­ern North Carolina that have re­ceived record rains from Matthew.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama says his team is work­ing to make sure that states are get­ting the re­sources they need from the fed­eral govern­ment after the hur­ri­cane pounded the South­east.

Speak­ing at a po­lit­i­cal fundraiser in Chicago, Obama said that he has been in touch with the gov­er­nors of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ge­or­gia. He tells peo­ple in those states that the govern­ment wants to make sure they know “we’ve got your back”.

Matthew has killed at least 17 peo­ple in the US, nearly half of them in North Carolina. The Tar Heel state was in­un­dated by tor­ren­tial rains from the storm.

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