BY JANE STANCILL, ANNE BLYTHE AND ABBIE BENNETT
Surging rivers caused more misery across Eastern North Carolina, where the Hurricane Matthew death toll climbed to 19 in what Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday called a “surreal experience” of waters rising under sunny skies.
Major roads were still closed in places, and water rescues continued. There was progress on power restoration, as outages slowly declined by Wednesday afternoon to 110,000 from Sunday’s peak of 800,000.
The scale of the disaster was enormous and shifting, as waters rose in some areas and receded in others. Conditions will worsen along the banks of the Tar and Neuse rivers, which will crest in Eastern North Carolina towns in the next three days – almost a week since the hurricane pounded an already saturated state with more than a foot of rain.
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