PHOTOS: Hurricane Matthew batters Grand Strand, Pee Dee

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew, which was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

South Carolina has recorded its first fatality related to Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath.

Gov. Nikki Haley says the victim was in a car that was swept away in Florence County. More details weren’t immediately available.

That death brings to 15 the number of weather-related deaths in the U.S. from Matthew. Seven people died in North Carolina; three were killed in Florida. Four died in Georgia. Some were killed by falling trees, others by carbon monoxide fumes from a generator.

Haley says nearly 750,000 customers remain without power in the state, down from the peak of about 850,000.

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9:10 a.m.

North Carolina’s governor says the death toll in his state from Hurricane Matthew has risen from three to seven.

Gov. Pat McCrory also said the state faces “major destruction” in the aftermath of the storm, and he is asking the federal government for help.

Water rescues are underway not only along coastal areas but inland as well.

Matthew was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday, but McCrory said that “the storm is not over for North Carolina.”

The total U.S. death toll from the storm stands at 14. Four deaths were reported in Florida and three occurred in Georgia.

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8:20 a.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says hurricane-force wind gusts are battering North Carolina’s Outer Banks, even thoughMatthew was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone early Sunday.

The center said in its 8 a.m. ET Sunday update that the center of the storm was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and had maximum sustained winds of near 75 mph (120 kpm).

A hurricane watch was still in effect for parts of coastal North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, for the next 6 to twelve hours.

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Matthew has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it continues what appears to be the last leg of its march up the East Coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET Sunday update that the center of the storm was about 30 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and had sustained winds of about 75 mph (120 kpm).

The previous Category 5 hurricane had been weakening even as it lashed Georgia and the Carolinas on Saturday, leaving in its wake millions of Americans relieved that one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. wasn’t that bad after all.

The hurricane was blamed for at least 10 deaths in the U.S., including that of a 68-year-old Georgia man who died when two trees fell on his home. And hundreds were left dead in Matthew’s wake in Haiti.

By Saturday night, North Carolina felt the brunt of Matthew, with more than a foot of rain falling in the southeastern part of the state, causing life-threatening flash flooding.

 

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