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Hurricane Matthew causes North Carolina floods

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The Latest on Hurricane Matthew (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Matthew is still a weak hurricane off the North Carolina coast and is causing record-breaking flooding in the state.

At 8 p.m. EDT, the center of the storm was about 40 miles east of Cape Fear and had sustained winds of about 75 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to weaken.

Forecasters say they are receiving numerous reports of flooded homes, businesses and roads in Raleigh.

At least 10 people have been killed in the U.S., including three in North Carolina.
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5:30 p.m.

At least a couple of dozen people are stranded on Interstate 95 after their vehicles got caught on a stretch of road between two parts of the flooded highway.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers are working to help 25 vehicles. The Department of Public Safety said Saturday that the vehicles were stuck but didn't offer further details. It said the motorists were near Wilson.

Elsewhere, the Department of Transportation has closed stretches of Interstate 95 and parts of Interstate 40 after Hurricane Matthew drenched the state.

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 3:10 p.m.

A third fatality related to harsh weather brought on by Hurricane Matthew has been reported in Georgia, bringing the U.S. death toll from the storm to 10.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police said in a statement Saturday that they are investigating the death of a man at his home, possibly from structural damage caused by a fallen tree.

Two other deaths in Georgia occurred in Bulloch County. Three deaths have been reported in North Carolina, and four have occurred in Florida.

Those numbers pale in comparison to Haiti, which counted 470 dead in one district alone when Hurricane Matthew swept through the Caribbean island as a Category 4 storm. It has since weakened to a Category 1.

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