Southeast United States Recovery Effort Continues from Hurricane Matthew
Photo: St Augustine, Florida, following Hurricane Matthew. (Photo via Zoopants Imgur)
Hurricane Matthew moved out into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday night, but the effects of the storm are still being felt Monday in the southeastern United States.
Areas from central Florida to Virginia are still dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane, including major flooding, blackouts, beach erosion and more.
Hurricane Matthew also shut down many of the main roads in the southeast—including Interstate 95 at certain points—and also caused the cancellation of thousands of flights and forced Amtrak to suspend rail service temporarily. Luckily, ABCNews.com is reporting delays Monday have been kept to a minimum and travel is returning to normal as fast as possible in the region.
According to NBCNews.com, one of the states most impacted by the storm was North Carolina, which was still dealing with rising flood waters Monday morning. Seven people have been confirmed dead from the storm in North Carolina alone, and there are also concerns about dams breaking in the state.
In Virginia, major roads were closed Sunday due to the heavy rain and flooding was keeping them shut down. Residents were advised to stay off the roads unless they needed to travel to a shelter, according to Weather.com.
The majority of residents in Florida missed a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew, but there were still five deaths in the state from the storm. More than a million customers were without power, but crews have worked tirelessly to get the number down to just over 500,000 Monday morning.
As for the Florida theme parks which closed early for the storms, Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld have all reopened and are operating fully once again, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Residents in South Carolina began returning home Sunday after Hurricane Matthew made many of the roads—including Interstate 95—impassable due to flood waters and debris. There were three confirmed deaths in the state, and the popular Hilton Head Island was still partly inaccessible as of Sunday night.
Georgia was also hit hard by the storm, as three people were confirmed dead and roads throughout the state were closed due to flooding. Many residents of the state are still working their way back to their homes, as evacuation plans were being lifted Sunday for areas impacted the most.
While the storm may be gone, the danger is still present throughout the southeast.
“Hurricane Matthew may be off the map, but it is still with us,” North Carolina Pat Governor McCrory told ABCNews.com. “The aftermath of this storm is extremely dangerous, as many inland areas are expecting record flooding in the coming days.”
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