• William Murrell stands at the edge of his property, which is partially underwater, on Cedar Lane in Kinston, N.C. , Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Murrell and his wife Jo Ann weathered the storm following Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and chose to do this same during Hurricane Matthew. (Zach Frailey/Daily Free Press via AP)

    2 more N Carolina deaths raise Matthew’s US death toll to 43

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Searchers found two more bodies inside vehicles that were submerged in flood waters in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew, increasing the toll in the state to 26 dead, Gov. Pat McCrory said Saturday.

  • Elmer McDonald makes his way along a flooded street as he returns to his mobile home for the first time to inspect damage caused by floodwaters associated with Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. McDonald and about 1,200 other Lumberton residents had to be evacuated by boat or plucked from their roofs by helicopters as the river crested. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    An anxious journey to check on a flooded home, then relief

    LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Elmer McDonald rolled up his blue jeans and sloshed into the ankle-deep floodwater on his street. The cool water was the color of strong tea.