LUMBERTON, N.C. — Speaking about the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina says, "This is an extremely dangerous situation."
"The flooding from the rivers has been unfortunate and what we are seeing is just a lot of damage," adds Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina.
Just like the flood waters in the Carolinas, the death toll from Hurricane Matthew may rise. Already, the storm has killed at least 20 people in the United States, and other are still missing. There are even deer stranded in North Carolina which could have used Noah's ark overnight. But Bambi isn't the only one in trouble. Fifteen hundred people are stranded, too, in the town of Lumberton. A levee holding back the Lumber River gave way after the storm caused the river to swell. Many homes were knee-deep in water. The stranded are being rescued by boat, helicopter and some are being hoisted from roof tops.
Officials fear Matthew's effects are not over yet. They say other rivers won't crest until later in the week. Motorists should be extra cautious and should not look for short-cuts.
Haley says, "What is not flooded today could be flooded tomorrow.”
The strong winds literally ripped roofs off several homes in Georgia.
In Florida, the powerful hurricane killed four people. It inundated communities along the coastline as it sideswiped the state's Atlantic coast before heading north. Despite severe beach erosion and washed-out roads, Florida did not take a direct hit. The state may have dodged a bullet this time.
"The positive is that this thing stayed offshore. It would've been a lot worse if it came on shore," says Florida Governor Rick Scott. “We were pretty lucky in that regard."
President Obama says all necessary federal resources should be used to help those states in the path of Mother Nature's wrath.