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Helpful information for Hurricane Matthew preparation before, after storm

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Image source: National Hurricane Center

As Hurricane Matthew continues to impact eastern Florida, warnings have been extended up the coast as far north as Surf City.

A hurricane warning was issued along the North Carolina coast from the South Carolina state line and northeast to Surf City, and a tropical storm warning is in effect from Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, according to the National Weather Service. There is a hurricane watch in effect from Surf City to Cape Lookout.

There could be coastal flooding in those areas and a storm surge of up to 2 to 4 feet above ground level if the peak surge coincides with high tide, according to the National Hurricane Center. There could also be damaging winds and power outages once the hurricane moves up the coast.

Flooding is possible across southeastern North Carolina, where as much as 15 inches of rain is forecast. Between 5 and 10 inches of rain is expected in eastern parts of the state and 2 to 5 inches more inland and in central North Carolina. The heaviest rainfall will occur Saturday.

For up-to-date information about the storm, North Carolina residents can visit the National Hurricane Center here.

Residents who need more information about preparing for the storm can visit ReadyNC here.

Anyone who needs assistance recovering after the hurricane can get more information from North Carolina Emergency Management by clicking here.

FEMA has not yet issued any information about Hurricane Matthew affecting North Carolina, but information about the storm if that changes can be found here.

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