North Carolina braces for more flood­ing in down­stream towns

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A state trooper shot and killed an armed man dur­ing a search for flood vic­tims in a tense and dispir­ited North Carolina, and thou­sands more peo­ple were or­dered to evac­u­ate as high wa­ter from Hur­ri­cane Matthew pushed down­stream Tues­day, two days after the storm blew out to sea.

Matthew’s death toll in the U.S. climbed to 30, half of them in North Carolina, in ad­di­tion to the more than 500 feared dead in Haiti.

In Greenville, a city of 90,000, of­fi­cials warned that the Tar River would over­whelm ev­ery bridge in the county by sun­down, split­ting it in half be­fore the river crests late to­day. Evac­u­a­tions were or­dered there and in such com­mu­ni­ties as Golds­boro and Kin­ston.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple, some of them as much as 125 miles in­land, have been warned to move to higher ground since the hur­ri­cane drenched the state with more than a foot of rain over the week­end dur­ing a run up the East Coast from Florida.

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