Matthew moves out to sea, but impact to be felt for days - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Matthew moves out to sea, but impact to be felt for days

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescues a man in North Carolina. (CBS photo) The U.S. Coast Guard rescues a man in North Carolina. (CBS photo)
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Storm Matthew may have moved out to sea, but its impact is expected to be felt in the U.S. for days.

The once powerful hurricane killed 19 people in the country, including eight in North Carolina. Five other people have yet to be found.

Thousands had to be rescued from homes and businesses over the weekend with more flooding a real concern because some dams may not hold up.

U.S. Coast Guard rescues continued on Monday around North Carolina.

Some residents who spoke with news crews were overcome with emotion.

"I'm so upset," said Alisha Brookes, a North Carolina resident. "I don't have nothing left. Nothing. I have to take all this and put it in the garbage. I just want somewhere else to go. This is ridiculous. I cannot live like this. I'm not staying here like this. I refuse to. I'm not doing this."

In Florida and South Carolina, clean up also continued.

Officials in those states said they're assessing erosion to miles of beaches.

Experts estimated property damage to be in the billions.

"We have, as you know, damage along the coast, a lot of beach erosion," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. "I was down in St. Augustine beach and saw the homes that basically lost their beach so they have to worry about their foundations down there.”

For the country of Haiti, the destruction is immeasurable.

Officials said the death toll is at more than 1,000 and could rise as relief workers make their way through the worst-hit areas.

The outpouring of support locally has been tremendous.

A couple of Red Cross volunteers left Connecticut Sunday morning.

They said they'll be traveling to various areas an d serving meals.

To make a donation to help with disaster relief efforts, head to the Red Cross's website here.

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