Death toll from Hurricane Matthew climbs to 26 in North Carolina

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Oct 15 (Reuters) - The death toll from Hurricane Matthew has risen to 26 in North Carolina, with two more bodies recovered as some flood waters recede, Governor Pat McCrory said on Saturday.

The bodies of a 53-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were pulled from submerged vehicles in Cumberland and Wayne counties, respectively, McCrory told a news conference.

More than 30 deaths in the United States have been blamed on Matthew, which dumped more than a foot (30 cm) of water on inland North Carolina last week. Before hitting the southeast U.S. coast, the fierce storm killed around 1,000 people in Haiti.

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McCrory said towns such as Princeville, Lumberton and Fair Bluff remained under water. In Princeville, believed to be the oldest incorporated African-American town in the United States, water surged to house roof lines on Thursday.

Although water is receding in many areas, the Lumber, Neuse, and Tar rivers are not expected to drop below major flood stage until Wednesday at the latest, McCrory said.

More than 660 roads remained closed in central and eastern North Carolina because of damage or flooding, the governor said. The number of homes and businesses without power has dropped to about 13,000, down from a peak of more than 800,000 on Sunday.

In one sign that the crisis was easing, no rescues were reported overnight, after about 2,333 water rescues were carried out in the aftermath of the storm, McCrory said.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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A group of people are seen walking through flood waters after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view shows a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A swift water rescue team is seen making its way through a flooded area after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A tractor trailer is seen in flood waters after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
Fuel tanks are seen after flood waters rose due to Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A boat is seen carrying residents from a flooded area after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A man walks through flood waters after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An aerial view shows a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A boat is seen in the flood waters after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
Homes are seen underwater after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view of a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A home is seen under water after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A national guard vehicle is seen driving through a flooded street after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A car drives through flood waters along interstate 95 after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view shows flood waters after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view of the flood after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
People are seen walking on an elevated path as flood waters surround them after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view of a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view shows flood waters after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view of the flood after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view of the flood after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A swift water rescue team is seen making its way through a flooded area after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A swift water rescue team is seen making its way through a flooded area after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An areal view shows a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
An aerial view of a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane
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